So what’s going on with the new Ghostbusters movie this week? Well, if you’ve been following the news, you know that the entire thing has been a mess from the very beginning. What started as Ghostbusters 3 has now evolved into a complete reboot of the series, this time featuring a lady Ghostbusting team. And so it’s only natural that they would want to bring on a lady writer to help with the script. Nerd Readers, please welcome Katie Dippold to the endless Ghostbusters fiasco.
You may know Dippold for the work she’s done on MADtv, Parks and Recreation, or, most recently, the script for 2012’s The Heat. Or you may not have heard of her at all, which is understandable. Either way, she’s joining up once more with director Paul Feig (The Heat, Bridesmaids) to bring the world another installment of the Ghostbusters franchise.
Dippold’s script will be replacing the original version that was written by Dan Aykroyd (and some other people). That script, of course, was meant to bring the original Ghostbusters team back so that they could pass the torch on to a younger generation of proton pack-wielding heroes. But due to an endless series of problems, it just couldn’t survive the trials of pre-production. Thus, the new Ghostbuster-ettes.
Oddly enough, even Bill Murray is supporting the reboot. He’s been pretty notorious about avoiding the Ghostbusters 3 that Aykroyd had planned, but seems onboard for a female team, even going so far as to throw out a bunch of names he’d like to see appear in the new flick.
Of course, the big question on everyone’s mind (other than “Why, God, why?”) is whether or not Dippold and Feig have any chance of pulling this off. The Heat didn’t exactly bring in the best of ratings and anyone that’s seen MADtv knows that it only had about a 20% value on the funny-o-meter. Parks and Rec is pretty decent, but Dippold has only written a handful of stories for that series. Is she the one for a Ghostbusters reboot?
What say thee, Nerd Readers? Does the female-centric reboot sound like a better way to go? Should we get Aykroyd back in the room and let him take control? Or does this entire thing reek of Hollywood producers trying to squeeze more money out of a long-dormant franchise?