Earlier in the week it was announced that a new Ghostbusters film would finally be hitting cinemas, with a release date of July 22 2016, marking a real step in the progression of the franchise. Ever since 1989, when Ghostbusters II was released, there has been talk of Sony developing another sequel to the immensely popular series, but no one take on the film ever received the green light. Until now.
With director Paul Feig at the helm, he took to Twitter to announce the all female cast of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. These four actresses will take the lead roles previously held by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. When the announcement was made however, the internet’s reaction was less than supportive.
Some showed a lack of interest to the film, while others praised the new direction and the all female cast, other simply made overly sexist comments, while some have written the film off completely. It seems a shame that the film has already garnered what can only be described as a level of hatred toward it, with the usual “you’re raping my childhood” attitude on display again. And quite frankly, that’s bollocks!
As a fan of both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, yes I enjoy the sequel, I have grown up with the series, and as close friends and regular readers of this site will undoubtedly know, Ghostbusters is very dear to me. So, when Ghostbusters 3 and its new cast were finally announced, I let out a big sigh and proceeded to get on with my day.
Because, in all honesty this news means little to me. People can bitch and moan all they want, but Ghostbusters 3 or whatever it may be called is finally going ahead, and there is nothing anyone can do about it.
On a personal level, I am pretty uninterested in this film, and in all honesty I have held the same belief not just now, but in all the other times a sequel/reboot/remake to Ghostbusters has been mentioned. The ship sailed a long time ago on this one, and without the involvement of the original cast or director, it doesn’t quite feel like a Ghostbusters film.
That’s not to say I have written the film off, or that it won’t be great or good, it’s just that my interest level is very low here. And here is my point, finally, that no matter how good or how bad the film may end up being, it cannot and will not take anything away from the original 1984 classic.
Ghostbusters 3 may end up being an immensely forgettable film or an instant classic, but if you don’t enjoy it, then so what? Will it degrade the original the next time you get the DVD out? No, of course it won’t. So why are people so eager to write something off before a trailer has even hit YouTube?
The same attitude was taken by many towards recent films such as Robocop and the Evil Dead, and various other rebooted classics. It’s an unhealthy attitude to take, and one that stinks of immaturity. Nowadays, the very mention of the “reboot” word seems to strike an unhealthy fear in the film community. Granted, not all of them work, but they should all be given a fair chance to perform, and not written off before the first scene is even shot. Personally when I approach a film I want it to be the best fucking thing I have ever seen. While realistically I know that will never happen, I never go into a film and want it to be bad.
As for the all female cast, I have no qualms with this. It’s a fresh approach, and if it has been done for the right reasons then it should be applauded. By that, I hope the cast was assembled because of its talents and not because the marketing guys thought it would drum up some press and could be used as a clever PR stunt.
Time will no doubt tell whether the film is actually any good, but I for one wish the film and its cast all the luck in the world, as it seems they already face an uphill battle to succeed.