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[UPDATED] Rumored Confirmed Female-Led Ghostbusters 3 Just Hired A Woman Writer


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[UPDATE: Paul Feig confirms Ghostbusters 3 will feature “hilarious women.”

And we’re pretty excited about it.]

The Hollywood Reporter says Paul Feig’s The Heat co-writer Katie Dippold has just been hired to team with him once again for Ghostbusters 3. They write, “Dippold’s hiring will buttress the female voice as the script is rehauled. She recently finished penning a sequel for The Heat and previously honed her comedic voice working on NBC’s Parks and Recreation as well as MadTV.”

There’s not too much more info in the piece since we originally heard about the updated premise, specifically that there would be a new team of female Ghostbusters. THR reiterates that, saying “the Ghostbusters would now be a female team and the project would no longer be connected to the earlier movies but now launch a new series.”

They could just be repeating that same old rumor, though, as none of that has actually been confirmed by Feig. So we’d recommend a little skepticism on the female Ghostbusters front. There’s still a chance for guys to swoop in and take this one, though Dippold’s hiring is a step in the right direction.

There hasn’t been any official movement on casting for this one, but original Ghostbuster Bill Murray suggested folks like Emma Stone, Linda Cardellini, Kristen Wiig, and Melissa McCarthy.

(image via maldo71 on DeviantArt)

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Jill Pantozzi
Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."

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