Another week, another installment in the Ghostbusters reboot hot mess. Fans of the original outing have been up in arms regarding the reboot almost since it’s first mention. Things only got worse for the movie when a trailer appeared a few months ago – and has now become the most disliked trailer on YouTube – and appeared to muddy the waters on the “reboot” stance, or Stanz if you will. Director Paul Feig has maintained that his movie is a separate entity from the original, a true reboot; however the ill fated trailer opens with a mention of 30 years after historic events in New York City. So rumors have been building is it or isn’t it a reboot? Melissa McCarthy recently clarified this in her own straight shooting way.
McCarthy attended a radio interview and was inevitably asked about the reboot/remake situation. Her direct to the point answer was
“I know it’s weird that they say [in the trailer] ‘30 years ago’, but in this movie it’s like the first one didn’t happen. It’s a great story but it’s told totally differently. It’s four unlikely heroes, it’s in New York City, ghosts are taking over; it’s that same classic story but it’s not 30 years later … it’s not dependent on the first one.”
Clear enough, but why then the odd reference to 30 years ago? McCarthy went on to answer that as well, plainly putting it all out there with this –
“Believe me the question was asked. I think that it’s very confusing. But then everyone said, ‘we don’t care what you think.’”
So the Ghostbusters reboot is truly a reboot with no ties to the original, AND the studio doesn’t care what Melissa McCarthy thinks??? This is not making things anymore appealing for Feig’s hopeful blockbuster. A lot hate of has come down on the movie for the all female cast, but funny is funny regardless of sex. The original group is pretty much irreplaceable, their legacy of funny will live on forever.
So far from what we’ve seen this new band just isn’t bringing the funny. Instead we’re seeing illogical, dishonest tie ins to the original, and some gags like Slimer showing up that is probably supposed to appease all the original fans. This may be a case of a studio mucking about where it really shouldn’t; if they’re wreaking havoc with the trailer and paying no mind to their stars as McCarthy says perhaps there is a funnier reboot out there, but the trailer just isn’t letting us have it. As true blue Ghostbusting fans we’re just going to have to wait a little longer and see who we really need to call.
Ghostbusters is slated to hit theaters July 15, 2016.