A new Ghostbusters film is in the works, and one of the stars of the previous reboot isn’t happy about it.
Ghostbusters is a classic. Ghostbusters 2 wasn’t all that bad either. I even loved the cartoon. Then, a reboot happened in 2016, and bad things happened.
The 2016 movie decided to go with a gender swap, which angered internet trolls who then targeted the trailer, the movie, and the cast. Now, I’m not a fan of giving movies progressive remakes. Pulling a gender swap or race swap on old properties simply for the sake of a swap, is nothing more than sacrificing entertainment for a political cause. However in this case, I really didn’t agree with the internet troll fighting this swap. Why? Because of the talent involved.
Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig are, in my opinion, two of the funniest entertainers around currently. Joined by SNL alum Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, the cast was surely strong enough to be the next generation of Ghostbusters. There were a couple of major problems with the movie, and it wasn’t the stars, and it wasn’t the sex of the stars.
A minor problem was the story. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the movie. I laughed. It was a good waste of time. But it wasn’t a classic. It wasn’t a movie that I will probably ever watch more than once. It wasn’t Ghostbusters. Instead it struck me as something that felt quickly written, entirely too derivative of the originals, and a quality well below what the actresses deserved. But there was a much bigger problem. The problem was the movie forgot about the classic.
Being a reboot, instead of a continuation, the filmmakers chose to pretend the first movies didn’t count. They chose to pretend that they created the story. They did not. What could have easily been the next generation of Ghostbusters, instead chose to pretend to be the first generation of Ghostbusters. And folks like me, folks that didn’t partake in the internet trolling, and didn’t care one way or the other about the sex of the Ghostbusters, were left feeling a little turned off about the film, because they chose to erase the memories of the original movies.
Now, a new movie is in the works. A movie done right. A new Ghostbusters film that isn’t attempting to rewrite history, but is instead acting as a modern day continuation of the first movie. This time, the movie will be directed by Jason Reitman, the son of the original movie’s director Ivan Reitman.
Unfortunately one of the stars of the reboot has an issue with this. In a vulgarity laden tweet Leslie Jones attacked the new movie. Amidst the f-bombs she made Donald Trump insults, because of course, why not? And “So insulting. Like f**k us. We dint count” she wrote. The hypocrisy is thick as that is precisely what the movie did which she starred in.
Paul Feig, the “rich white guy” who directed the 2016 version has also offered his support for Leslie Jones’ comment, complete with profanity, while ensuring not to offend the makers behind the new movie.
I enjoyed the 2016 Ghostbusters. It wasn’t great, but it was fun. And I am very glad to be getting back to the original universe, and leaving the alternate universe version behind. Hey Leslie and Paul? How about doing a reshoot of your movie? And instead of trying to eradicate the movies which came before, set up your characters as a new band of Ghostbusters following in the footsteps of Venkman, Ray, Egon and Winston? Perhaps you’d get less “bulls**t and hate” from “trolls”?