"Ghostbusters" writer Katie Dippold on THAT post-credit tease
[Warning: This post contains spoilers for the new Ghostbusters movie, specifically the post-credit scene. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, go do that now and then come back to read this post.]
The Ghostbusters reboot was everything fans wanted it to be. It was funny (with an all-star cast including Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, and Chris “aka Thor” Hemsworth, how could it not be?). It was scary (like legitimately kind of scary at moments). It was beautiful to watch (the ghosts have such a unique look). It was packed with fun science and tech talk (thank you, Kate McKinnon). There were cameos galore (almost the entire original cast appeared, at least briefly). It was everything.
And then, after all of the awesomeness of the movie itself, there was the post-credit scene, which teased a whole new level of awesomeness for the movie’s potential, maybe, we-really-hope-it-happens sequel. In the scene, Leslie Jones’ character, Patty, listens to ghostly audio recordings, then looks up in confusion and asks her fellow Ghostbusters, “What is Zuul?”
Zuul, fans of the original films will most definitely remember, is a demigod and minion of Gozer, The Destructor. Zuul is also the Gatekeeper, NBD (just kidding — VBD). Zuul possesses Sigourney Weaver’s character, Dana Barrett, in the 1984 Ghostbusters. If you’re not familiar with the original Ghostbusters movies, know that Zuul is amazing and let’s reiterate that she serves Gozer, without whom, we wouldn’t have this amazing GIF:
HelloGiggles spoke to Ghostbusters writer Katie Dippold about teasing Zuul in the post-credit scene. Her first response? Shock that it even made it into the movie.
HelloGiggles: Let’s talk about the post-credit scene that seems to set up a Zuul sequel.
Katie Dippold: Oh my god, did that make it in?
KD: I haven’t seen the most final cut. I’ve seen so many cuts, but not the very last one. They must have added that.
HG: It did it make it in. Is that intended to set up a sequel?
KD: I don’t know what Paul [Feig] would want to do. In my dream of dreams, if this movie — please note that I’m knocking on every piece of wood — in the event that this movie works and a sequel were asked for, I’m being very careful here, I personally think it could be fun to see Zuul, to do a different to do a version of Zuul. When I did that, I thought that would be so fun to in the next one deal with a dark god, because in this one we’re dealing with a human being that’s another scientist [as the villain]. So, if the next one is the ultimate dark presence, that’s just very exciting to me — and just hearing the word “Zuul” is very exciting to me. But I can also just see Paul being like, “We should do something totally [different],” so I just I don’t know.
HG: It was a very exciting moment.
KD: Yeah? Would you be excited to see Zuul? Or would you want to see something new?
HG: I love Zuul. I’m a big Zuul fan, so I would be excited.
KD: That’s good to hear!
HG: If that input helps. You can go into the meeting and be like, “I’ve heard people are excited.”
KD: It’s the talk of the town.
HG: Yes, and now I’ll take credit to all of my friends if Zuul is in the sequel. I’ll be like, “That’s me. I suggested that.”
KD: You should!
So, yeah, we’re officially Team Zuul for Ghostbusters 2.