After years of development hell that only Zuul could withstand, the next installment of the spooky comedy "Ghostbusters" will return to the big screen with Paul Feig directing a lot of ladies who want to make you laugh.
"It's official. I'm making a new Ghostbusters & writing it with @katiedippold & yes, it will star hilarious women. That's who I'm gonna call," Feig tweeted on Oct. 8.
Screenwriter Katie Dippold knows a bit about funny ladies in action films as she penned Feig's gal pal cop comedy "The Heat," which starred McCarthy and Sandra Bullock.
Feig's announcement about rebooting "Ghostbusters" as a brand new reboot with an all-female cast isn't shocking considering his past female-driven hits such as "Bridesmaids" and "The Heat."
"My favorite thing to do is work with funny women," Feig told Entertainment Weekly about his decision. "I was like, what if it was an all female cast? If they were all women? Suddenly, my mind kind of exploded: that would be really fun. Then I thought, well, what if we just make it new? It's not coming into the world that existed before. It's always hard if the world has gone through this big ghost attack, how do you do it again? I wanted to come into our world where there's talk of ghosts but they're not really credible, and so what would happen in our world if this happened today?"
The cast of the new "Ghostbusters" film will not only be new, but so will the spirit-snagging technology.
"I love the first one so much I don't want to do anything to ruin the memory of that," Feig told EW. "Let's just restart it because then we can have new dynamics. I want the technology to be even cooler. I want it to be really scary, and I want it to happen in our world today that hasn't gone through it so it's like, oh my God what's going on?"
While original "Ghostbusters" director Ivan Reitman is stepping back as a director to serve as a producer, there's no official word if actors Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray will return as cameos for die-hard fans.
Though Murray himself had a few suggestions of which actresses he'd like to see running after ghosts in the reboot, including Feig regulars Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.
"Melissa would be a spectacular Ghostbuster," Murray told the Toronto Star. "And Kristen Wiig is so funny -- God, she's funny! I like this girl Linda Cardellini ("Mad Men") a lot. And Emma Stone is funny. There are some funny girls out there."
Here's hoping for a feisty female version of Slimer too.