Ghostbusters is a 2016 American supernatural comedy film directed by Paul Feig and written by Feig and Katie Dippold. The third feature film in the Ghostbusters series, it stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones as four women who start a ghost-catching business in New York City.
A third Ghostbusters film had been in various stages of development following the release of Ghostbusters II in 1989. As a result of original cast member Bill Murray’s refusal to commit to the project and the death of fellow cast member Harold Ramis in 2014, Sony decided to reboot the series with much of the original film’s cast in cameo roles. The female cast was announced in 2015 and attracted significant controversy.