Paul Feig's All-Female 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Lands 'The Heat' Writer

October 8, 2014
Source: THR

Katie Dippold / Ghostbusters

Right at the end of the summer, some big news surfaced reporting that Sony Pictures had hired Bridesmaids director Paul Feig to be at the helm of an all-female Ghostbusters reboot. However, speaking about the future of the Ghostbusters franchise, Dan Aykroyd cautioned that a script still needed to be written. Well, now that time has come as THR reports Katie Dippold, the screenwriter behind Feig's buddy cop comedy The Heat, has been hired to write the film that will not be connected to the first two Ghostbusters movies, but will launch a new series. This still sounds like the best possible approach to keeping Ghostbusters alive.

Dippold just finished writing a sequel to The Heat as well, but she has plenty more experience on television having written on over 50 episodes of "Mad TV," not to mention scripting seven episodes of "Parks & Recreation." Her experience with The Heat combined with her latter experience in the ensemble comedy series on NBC starring Amy Poehler makes her a perfect fit for Ghostbusters. Hell, it would be great if Poehler actually ended up being part of the cast. Bill Murray recently proposed Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig as good female Ghostbusters, though I could use a break from the former in the comedy world. Anyway, it sounds like this reboot is slowly coming together. Sound good?

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I don't know about this. 🙁

ragethorn on Oct 8, 2014


Sounds really awful to me...more PC crap. 4 female characters: 1 black, 1 white, 1 oriental and 1 hispanic. They have a secretary who is a man who is effeminate...thats my call on this right now. Lets see how close I am.

TXSteadyEddie on Oct 8, 2014


This all sounds horrible. I turned off The Heat after about 15 minutes of watching it.

Rock n Rollllll on Oct 8, 2014


I slogged through it, I think it got a chuckle out of me once.

Brian Sleider on Oct 8, 2014


I thought The Heat was pretty good but they'd have to get Harold Ramis back from the dead to get me excited about this.

Jon Odishaw on Oct 8, 2014


the heat was very funny and everybody who thinks it wasn't has asperger syndrome...

Avi on Oct 8, 2014


and everyone who thinks it was has a$$hole syndrome.

Rock n Rollllll on Oct 9, 2014


what? you turned it of after 15 minits? Now I now they asked you for a role in the walking dead!

Avi on Oct 8, 2014


They still use the "oriental" word?

mooreworthy on Oct 8, 2014


Also, oriental is not the preferred nomenclature, please, Asian American.

AwesomeWave on Oct 8, 2014


Diversity means people who look different.

OfficialJab on Oct 9, 2014


The Heat was one of the best comedies I've seen in the last 5 years. This is good news for me, I didn't like the original ghostbusters, but this might be good.

qweqwu on Oct 8, 2014


Everything you just said was absolutely dumb.

Rock n Rollllll on Oct 8, 2014



qweqwu on Oct 9, 2014


I don't know how to reply to this?

ragethorn on Oct 9, 2014


So this is really happening? OK. No Melissa McCarthy will be a good start.

DAVIDPD on Oct 8, 2014


Is there some way to stop this before resorting to taking hostages? I'm not against it, but I think a petition would be easier than holding dozens of people against their will. This is the worst "idea" I have ever read. I'm sick and tired of my childhood being destroyed by Hollywood. GI Joe, Transformers, TMNT, all ruined...

stavi82 on Oct 8, 2014


heh heh. at least the never-bettered original isn't going anywhere and we can just have mates around to watch it again the night this *thing* opens. Murray's *never* been interested in the idea of revisiting the series, and with Ramis' sad passing, i hoped we could finally kick this into the long grass. no issue with the female team, i just don't see why we have to disinter yet another film series that's had its day. original screenwriters must be combusting all over Hollywood. Aykroyd seems hell bent on getting *something* made tagged to the Ghostbusters name. the vodka business not working out? with none of the original characters, and unconnected to the original, this has Evan Almighty written all over it. happy to be proven Men In Black 3 wrong, but i doubt it.

son_et_lumiere on Oct 8, 2014


I think if this atrocity sees the light of day, vodka will see a major boom. Maybe that's what Aykroyd's counting on.

stavi82 on Oct 8, 2014


I wonder how well taking hostages, literally, would work for a message to a movie studio to fuck off? Obviously would be national news anyway. (if you do this don't hurt them) (or not too much, since they're threatening with mccarthhy)

OfficialJab on Oct 9, 2014


Please god make it stop

ListenToVinyl on Oct 8, 2014


McCarthy isn't right for this. I'll see it if it turns out well but if this becomes a McCarthy vehicle, I'm out.

hselburn on Oct 8, 2014


Fuck this.

Nielsen700 on Oct 8, 2014


Can't top the classic, anything will sound like a bad idea for most. This sjould be left alone and just use the female cast for something original.

mooreworthy on Oct 8, 2014


Producers: "Hey, are you interested in a Ghostbusters reboot?" Me: "No, not really." *walks away* Producers: "How about a Ghostbusters reboot lead by funny females?" Me: *stops and turns around* "...I'm listening.."

movieguyryan . on Oct 8, 2014


No, thank you...

Bl00dwerK on Oct 8, 2014


Oh fuck no.

AwesomeWave on Oct 8, 2014


I'm feeling indifferent. I get that no one wants a reboot, but I'm also half curious. Maybe shoot a scene and let us judge it first? Go!!!

Quanah on Oct 8, 2014


the heat was very funny and one of the best comedy' s in years! So this is a good idea!

Avi on Oct 8, 2014



Rock n Rollllll on Oct 9, 2014



ragethorn on Oct 9, 2014


This could be epic. Though, I place the chances of that happening in the <0.01% arena.

avconsumer2 on Oct 9, 2014


I'm disgusted by this. No care to watch it.

ragethorn on Oct 9, 2014

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