See Official Photos From Upcoming ‘Ghostbusters’ Remake
Rumors of the remake of the 1984 comedy first began floating around online back in 2014, and were solidified after director Paul Feig announced via Twitter that Katie Dippold would co-write the film with him.
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.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) October 8, 2014
“I have too much respect for the original one [to do a sequel],” Feig said in an interview with Empire via ComicbookMovie. “There’s also the feeling that once the world knows ghosts and has seen them busted on such a large scale, they run the risk of becoming pedestrian. There’s something fun about introducing our world, which has never seen ghosts to the phenomenon of ghosts. I love origin stories and to introduce new characters.”
He also commented on the decision to cast women as the film’s leads, saying, “A lot of people accused it of being a gimmick. I guess I can see the cynics’ view of it, but for me I just love working with funny women. People said, ‘Why don’t you do a mix?’ I’m just more interested in the idea of lady Ghostbusters. It’s the way my brain works.”
Ghostbusters is set for a July 22 release, but be sure to check out photos of the film’s cast in character via the gallery above in the meantime.