'Ghostbusters 3' to Star 'Hilarious Women,' Says Director Paul Feig

‘Bridesmaids’ director confirms that he'll helm third installment of beloved franchise

Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd in Ghostbusters II. Credit: Columbia PIctures/Everett

Who’s Paul Feig gonna call for the officially confirmed Ghostbusters 3? A cast of hilarious women to star in the film, according to the Bridesmaids director’s tweet on Wednesday. The long-anticipated third installment will be rejuvenated and totally separated from the original films. The Heat writer Katie Dippold will replace Dan Aykroyd, who had been writing (and rewriting) the third script for three years.

Though Bill Murray won’t be the one yielding a proton pack in Ghostbusters 3, he named a few funny women whom he thinks could do the job just as well. Speaking to the Toronto Star at the Toronto International Film Festival, Murray name-checked Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Linda Cardellini and Emma Stone.

While the lead roles have yet to be cast, one actress, at least, seems game. During a September press conference, Wiig told Yahoo!, "I will do whatever Bill Murray tells me to do." A stern, "That will run everywhere," came from her publicist in the other room, with the actress responding, "I know, that’s why I said it."

In a response to the Star, McCarthy wasn’t as ready to battle green glob-shaped ghosts as Wiig. She said taking on a movie that legendary would be daunting, but that she "would do anything with those ladies, anything at all."

Feig is taking over from Ivan Reitman, the director of the first two films who removed himself from the director's chair earlier this year. "I suddenly felt that Ghostbusters didn’t necessarily need me as a director," he told SuperheroHype. "Having done the other two and with the passing of Harold [Ramis] and with Bill Murray seeming disinterested in being in it, I thought it was better for me just to produce it and to make sure we’re going to have the quality and style of what is appropriate for another version of that film. But the franchise could benefit from somebody else’s point of view."

The film is expected to begin filming next year, but no official release date has been revealed. For Ghostbusters’ fans, the news came just in time for the franchise’s 30th anniversary.