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The Heat writer joins Ghostbusters sequel, director confirms female-led cast

Things are moving along relatively quickly now for the upcoming Ghostbusters sequel that’s intended to reboot the two-film franchise and kick off a new series of films. Over the last 24 hours, the project added another screenwriter to the creative team and had one of the most pressing questions about the film answered by the director himself.

According to The Hollywood ReporterThe Heat screenwriter Katie Dippold will co-write the film with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, who also directed The Heat. Along with writing the 2013 comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, Dippold also served as a writer for Parks and Recreation and MADtv.

While little is known about the plot of the film and how directly it will connect to the original franchise, Feig followed-up on the news with confirmation (via Twitter) of his involvement, and that he was planning to cast “hilarious women” in the film.

In early September, original Ghostbusters cast member Bill Murray offered up some casting suggestions for the film that included Kristen Wiig, Linda Cardellini, Emma Stone, and Melissa McCarthy, who has been rumored as a contender for one of the lead roles.

At this point, it’s uncertain when the movie will go into production, as there’s still a lot of casting and work to do before the cameras begin rolling. However, it certainly seems as if the project is building momentum, and it might not be long before the next set of announcements.