It’s a sad day for fans of the 1980’s classic Ghostbusters.
Unless you live under a rock, you may have heard that the kooky comedy is getting its own reboot soon. All of us have experienced the atrocity that is Hollywood’s attempt at a remake, and we have one more to add to the list. We were all hopeful that one of the many attempts at Ghostbusters 3 would come to fruition, but up-and-coming directors were never able to get full buy-in from the right people.
Enter: Bridesmaids director Paul Feig. Sources say Feig is currently in talks with several leading ladies to join the cast of the reboot.
Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Leslie jones will be killing ghosties for us soon. I, for one, am pretty disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I love these ladies in SNL, among other things, but not a single one of them can hold a candle to Bill Murray’s Peter Venkman. A big part of the reason the original Ghostbusters worked so well was the dynamite cast and classic 80’s humor. I personally didn’t like Bridesmaids, and I think it’s safe to say that the humor will be similar. The best we can hope for now is a trashy cover, which will more than likely turn the nerdy source material into an overly-romantic chick flick.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m all for girl power. We need to see more female-lead comedies. These ladies are wonderful comedians, but lack that extra something special that takes a star from stand-up, to the cinema. I think the cast may have even worked for a Ghostbusters sequel; although, IMO, Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones would have made better leading ladies.
What becomes of the film remains to be seen, although some remain hopeful. Original Ghostbuster and co-writer Dan Aykroyd told The Hollywood Reporter:
“The Aykroyd family is delighted by this
inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch
by these most magnificent women in comedy.”
Aykroyd went on to mention that his great-grandfather was a man who worked to empower women, and he’s proud that the trend is continuing. Personally, I’m not holding my breath, and will likely wait for a DVD release.