Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, and Bill Murray in 1984’s ‘Ghostbusters’
With Bridesmaids and The Heat, Paul Feig has carved a very lucrative niche for himself as Hollywood’s go-to director for female-focused comedies. Now, he may be bringing his roster of funny ladies to one of the most iconic franchises of the last 30 years.
Katie Dippold’s participation had been announced earlier in the day. A former Parks and Recreation writer and Upright Citizens Brigade alum, she teamed with Feig on The Heat, which starred Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock and made $229 million worldwide last year. McCarthy, of course, earned an Oscar nomination for her breakout role in Feig’s Bridesmaids, and fans would have no problem if they went for a collaboration threepeat.
The future of the Ghostbusters franchise has long been up in the air; co-creator Dan Aykroyd has wanted to make a third movie, but Bill Murray refused to star in it, which made the whole thing a lot less compelling. With the passing of co-star Harold Ramis last year, any hope of a reunion dissipated, which meant that a new generation of ‘busters had to be found. Reports of a possible all-female edition surfaced in August, and Bill Murray even weighed in with some casting suggestions.
No word yet on who will star in the movie, though you can bet that McCarthy and fellow Bridesmaids stars Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, and Ellie Kemper will hear their names in the rumor mill.