'Ghostbusters 3' Adds New Screenwriter, Confirms Female Stars

Posted 1:34 PM October 8th, 2014 by Jeff Giles
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After a quarter-century of stops and starts, it appears as though a third installment in the Ghostbusters franchise may actually be coming together -- and it even looks like the most recent of the many, many rumors surrounding the project might even have been on target.

Writer-director Paul Feig has confirmed that he's on board to direct, telling Twitter followers that he'll be penning the script with his collaborator on The Heat, Katie Dippold -- and that "yes, it will star hilarious women. That's who I'm gonna call."

Rumors of a Feig-directed, female-focused Ghostbusters have swirled for weeks, but as with anything else involving this endlessly on-again, off-again sequel/reboot/what-have-you, they begged to be taken with a grain of salt -- until now, that is. Meanwhile, over at the Hollywood Reporter, sources say Feig's involvement meant that "the project would no longer be connected to the earlier movies but now launch a new series."

So there you have it -- a Ghostbusters 3 that may not be Ghostbusters 3, but will almost certainly exist within the Ghostbusters universe and will definitely be directed by Paul Feig from a script he's writing with Katie Dippold (unless those pesky "creative differences" or "scheduling conflicts" end up chasing them off the lot first).

Bill Murray, presumably, can still look forward to many months of being asked whether he intends to reprise his Ghostbusters role -- especially in light of Kristen Wiig responding to Murray's suggestion that she star in Ghostbusters 3 by saying, "I'll do whatever Bill Murray tells me to." Turnabout's fair play, Mr. Murray.

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