The Ghostbuster’s reboot is still out there…somewhere, and while it’s said to be a brilliant idea, it’s not going to work out the way Paul Feig thinks it will. Now, before you throw your arms in the air and scream EXACTLY, let me say a few things first. Yes I am a die-hard Ghostbusters fan, to the point I collect the comic series, and have the original Playstation 3 game, with the collector’s edition t-shirt. Having said that, I’m not approaching this article as a fan. I’m taking the stance of an observer of film, and the liberal arts.
The main reason a lot of people don’t have faith in this new reboot isn’t because Feig chose women as his cast, it’s because he chose women he’s comfortable working with and it reflects in his interviews about the film.
I had been contacted several times about doing a sequel for Ghostbusters and I just kept turning it down because I didn’t know how to do it. The scripts had been written, but I couldn’t figure out how to do it. I wasn’t excited about it. So finally, one day I was like, it’s a great franchise and it’s a great idea, if I was going to do it, how would I do it? And then I thought, if I could put four women in the lead roles, that’s exciting to me. That I know how to do, and I know how to make that funny… – Paul Feig about the Ghostbusters reboot
He went on to say that he wanted to see the beginnings of a new group, rather than be tied to the old franchise—which is understandable—if he were being genuine about how he would direct the film. The film, which should begin production in 2016, will feature a very familiar cast—if you’ve seen Bridesmaids that is. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones will be your Ghostbusters.
The thought of Feig directing the cast, while trying to stick to the history of the series feels very farfetched. The reason being, is that in the original series there wasn’t as much Shtick comedy as to what Feig places in his films. It could end up being a 150 million dollar mistake that Sony produces vs. what they hoped for.
Feig continued to speak on his vision for the new series:
“… Then I thought, I’d rather do it as a reboot so I’m not tied to the old movies. The old movies are so good, I didn’t want to mess with them. And I also want to see the beginnings of this group. I want to see people seeing ghosts for the first time, and how they’re going to fight them for the first time, how they develop their technology. So it just got very exciting to me. I just like working with funny women, and that’s all I really like to do with my career.”
Now if you’ve been reading those excerpts correctly I’m going to point out two very important key parts, and elaborate on them. “I just like working with funny women, and that’s all I really like to do with my career.” This particular sentence sums up all of the fears of hopefuls for the movie. It gives us the impression he has no intention of ever creating something worthwhile in his career as a director. The sheer thought that he can’t expand his film skills to incorporate a unique perspective from a females vision scares me, and probably fans as well. It means that no matter what happens, this film will turn out to be a Ghostbusters version of Bridesmaids, or worse—something we’ve never seen before.
He’s working with an entire crew he’s comfortable with—including a screenwriter found in Katie Dippold (The Heat). He’s creating a reboot instead of a spinoff due to the fact that he thinks he can, and doesn’t want to step on Ivan Reitman’s original storyline. The movie doesn’t have much wiggle room with fans, and for lovers of film such as myself I can honestly say I’ll view the film with an open mind. There’s no doubt that we could see cameos, or nods to the original series featured in this reboot.
Ghostbusters 3 is still being considered by Sony, although Ivan Reitman stepped away from the helm, and we have Channing Tatum working his version of the Ghostbusters series as well. For now, we’ll rest with the fact that we’re seeing something happen with the franchise that isn’t Extreme Ghostbusters, or any equivalent thereof. Give us your thoughts in the comments, and tell us if you’ll go see the film.
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