So, it’s official?
After years of trying to get a Third Ghostbusters off the ground, with reports of Bill Murray returning a shredded script to Dan Aykroyd, we get confirmation that the writer (Katie Dippold) and director (Paul Feig) of The Heat are going to helm a third Ghostsbusters movie that will start “hilarious women.”
This doesn’t confirm that the entire cast WILL be women, as speculated and suggested by Bill Murray.
This is great…except…sorta? Look, I had two Ghostbusters movies and a cartoon series as a kid. I’ve pretty much don’t claim any ownership on the property anymore, so if they want to have an all female cast, that’s great.
But here’s the catch – I’ve been on a binge of the archives of ‘Doug Loves Movies’ and he talked about how he wasn’t surprised that ‘Bridesmaids’ was a great movie because, and I paraphrase, ‘it starred a lot of funny women in a movie directed by a man.’ It wasn’t meant to be serious, but it did highlight that despite these movies that put women up front, it’s behind the camera that’s still occupied by men. You can have Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristin Wiig and Melissa McCarthy fighting a Zuul-possessed Rebel Wilson in a script penned by Katie Dippold and it’s still going to be a Paul Feig movie.
So, we need more women directors. You can argue that it’s a meritocracy but if you think that Paul Feig’s auteurship is really what made ‘Bridesmaids’ funny, I disagree.
That is all.