For those who prefer to get their Ghostbusters reboot news all in one, compact package, I present to you with the latest in what’s happening in Hollywood. Today we have a triple play of Ghostbusters info, including a word from Dan Aykroyd, the reveal on why Emma Stone passed when she was offered a role in the movie and even some details regarding what we can expect. So scroll down and enlighten your brain a bit.
First and foremost, what’s this new movie supposed to be about? We know there are ghosts. And we know there are four women who will be busting them. But how much of the original story will be present and what do they plan on changing up? Being as how the movie started filming this week in Boston, it’s only natural that the Boston Herald would have a couple of juicy tidbits:
Wiig and McCarthy play a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. Flash forward a few years and Wiig lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia U. (Like the original, the story takes place in New York City, even though it’s being shot in Boston.) Which is pretty sweet, until her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. Wiig reunites with McCarthy and the other two proton pack-packing phantom wranglers, and she gets some sweet revenge when ghosts invade Manhattan and she and her team have to save the world.
Well, not as much info as we might have hoped for, but it’s a little bit more than we already knew. The real question for me (and many out there) is – Who will the big baddie be? I’m assuming they won’t try to rehash the greatness of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, but they’ll need to come up with something equally as grand if they want audiences to do more than shrug when the credits roll.
Next up, a few words from former Ghostbuster, Dan Aykroyd (via Spinoff Online). He seems to be pretty excited about the new flick, whether he’s involved in it or not:
Yeah, it’s going to be hot! The new one’s going to be big! The interplay, and with each of them, their individual voices are so well-defined. They’re just such different characters, and there’s a friction. There’s a dynamic there. I’m not going to spoil it for people, but it’s going to be big, big!
Yes, Mr. Aykroyd, you are an excitable man. You are also, unfortunately, very one-dimensional when it comes to expressing your opinions on these types of matters – all PR and very little in the details department. But exclamations of joy weren’t the only words that Aykroyd had for us. When Spinoff pressed him about the possibility of us seeing a return to the male-centric version of Ghostbusters, he had this to say:
The thing is, you’ve got creators all around Hollywood who saw the thing at the original time and are going, ‘Wow, I think I’ve got a take on that. I think I could do something under that umbrella.” And so we’ve had brilliant creators walk in, from Paul Feig to many others. And we loved the concepts they’re coming up with. And this one with the four girls is going to be massive. Oh, man, it’s funny. It’s intelligent. It hits the right notes, and I’m really excited about it.
It refers to the first two in a really neat, classy way, but this is all going to introduce them to a whole new generation of girls that are going to want to be Ghostbusters. We always needed them.
Okay, so no answer to that question. All-in-all, it was a pretty goofy question to begin with. If the all-female Ghostbusters manages to impress audiences, it’s highly unlikely the studio would do anything with a sequel that didn’t involve using the new cast. Maybe they’ll throw in a token dude the next time around to keep things diversified?
And finally, a smaller bit of news regarding Emma Stone. Apparently, she was offered a role in the Ghostbusters reboot but decided to turn it down. Why, you ask? When chatting with the Wall Street Journal, Stone revealed her motives in passing on the flick:
“The script was really funny. It just didn’t feel like the right time for me. A franchise is a big commitment — it’s a whole thing. I think maybe I need a minute before I dive back into that water.”
Considering she just finished up with the Spider-Man and, as an actress, she’s in high demand, there’s really no reason for her to jump into anything that will keep her tied down for years and years. Of course, the Ghostbusters reboot has to actually bring in enough cash and interest to get a sequel and, if the current Internet attitude is any reflection on the movie’s future success, that might be a long-shot. Personally, I hope it’s good. It will never measure up to the original, but, then again, what remake ever has?