For some fans of the Ghostbusters franchise the confirmation of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones no doubt gave them something to be afraid of. And with nobody to call, frustrated and disillusioned folk took to Twitter and Facebook to vent their frustrations. From detractors arguing with supporters, to feminists pointing the misogynistic finger at the reboot/re-imagining/retcon haters, to the ‘political-correctness-gone-mad’ enthusiasts using where are the *insert racial minority here* card. It’s no wonder that Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters has been the top trending subject since the announcement yesterday morning. However, the old adage that ‘the show must go on’ springs to mind, and the film is getting made whether you like it or not. Subsequently, we have some more information that will either whet your appetite or further fuel your nostalgia-induced depressive state.
So that’s it folks, the main cast members have been locked down, and whilst to some it may look like Bridesmaids 2: Revenge Of The Marshmallow Man, Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Melissa McCarthy (The Heat), Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live) and Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), will be slipping on the proton packs and are getting ready to take on a batch of new ghostly creatures, who plan to cause havoc in modern day New York. Cue jokes based on athleticism (or lack of), the expulsion of suspicious odors from rear-ends, innuendos about being covered in slimy like substances and ectoplasmic goo, and a whole host of low-brow one-liners.
The release date for the Ghostbusters reboot/re-imagining/retcon has been announced on all the official social media accounts for the movie, and it will be hitting the big screen on July 22, 2016. We might be pointing out the obvious here, but 2016 is going to be a big year for movies; perhaps one of the most competitive we have seen in a long time. There are going to be the inevitable successes, and the outright bombs throughout the year as the marketplace is going to be way over-saturated with tent-pole releases including DC’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange, and also Fox’s Deadpool (which will be released at the start of the year and has my vote of confidence in the Box Office department). Furthermore, Sony has been smart enough (there’s something I never thought I’d be hearing myself saying any time soon) to pick a month in which there is no comic book competition to get in the way of the potential revival of the Ghostbusters franchise.
The promo image is a big fat unoriginal slice of lazy photoshop work. As the film is basically a new entity altogether, Sony knows they need to rip it with the trademark logos and the nostalgic and iconic tag lines. So, what we have is the classic Ghostbusters name and logo, with the date and catchphrase, “Who you gonna call?”. Check it out below:
Furthermore, we came across another casting rumor that can be read with tongue firmly in cheek – as it sounds absolutely ridiculous. According to Hitflix, Sony are trying to lock down original Ghostbuster Bill Murray to play a villainous character in the remake, basically taking on a part similar to William Atherton’s role from the first movie. As the movie is retconning the originals, Murray’s character, Martin Heiss, would be a professional supernatural debunker, who is out to prove that the Ghostbusters are frauds. Now, we all know Murray is more than capable of playing a cynical supernatural debunker, as that was part of the charm of Peter Venkman‘s character. Venkman was always the cynic of the team. Knowing that Murray is an eccentric dude, there is a slight modicum of a chance that he would randomly take part in the movie, although major kudos points would be lost.
Murray was the sole actor who was holding back the production of Ghostbusters 3 that Dan Aykroyd and the late Harold Ramis were so vehemently trying to get moving. Murray has praised the casting choices of the remake, and he publicly endorsed the choices of Wiig and McCarthy (whom he recently worked with on St. Vincent).
Feig has already mentioned that he was wanting to add “fun nods” to the original movie, so perhaps this is one of those not-so-subtle nods?
What camp are you in regarding the new Ghostbusters movie? Would you like to see Bill Murray make an appearance in the movie? Or do you think that is a bit of a slap in the face to Aykroyd, Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Ivan Reitman and Rick Moranis?
Let us know what you think fellow geekoids.
Via – ComicBook.com