So we don’t think we’re overstepping the boundaries by saying that the new Ghostbusters movie is getting a… frosty reception.
And while Sony and director Paul Feig are saying it’s mostly sexist idiots crying over female Ghsotbusters – something we don’t believe (see our letter to Feig here), although we know there are some idiots like that out there who are being annoyingly vocal – we reckon it’s mostly the true fans who just aren’t happy that it’s a reboot.
Look, Ghostbusters is still a vital franchise and, despite being over 30 years old, the original movie still looks really, really good so we get the anger.
And, while I myself was enraged, some deep part of me was looking forward to new Ghostbusters, no matter what it was – the original movie is, without question, my all-time favourite movie – however, I’m just going to say it, the new trailer (below) didn’t fill me with confidence despite my holding out for a good taster of the new outing.
One thing that did get me excited though was the news that a possible second Ghostbusters movie was in the works at Sony that was a sequel to the original movies and was rumoured to star Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt and, I admit, this excited me a lot… not because it was male Ghostbusters but because I genuinely like Pratt and Tatum and think they’d be great in a Ghostbusters movie, but most of all it was because it linked to the GBs I grew up with and love to this day.
It’s interesting that Tatum will be seen soon in the MiB/21 Jump Street crossover (here)… could Ghostbusters cross over with these too, perhaps?
Interestingly, screenwriter Drew Pierce has gone on record (here) as saying that he has penned a script – the one rumoured to star Pratt and Tatum – that ties the two Ghostbusters universes together in a way that would, presumably, see the universe of the New GBs meet the classic characters.
The IDW comic series recently saw the classic Ghostbusters meet their future selves (here) and also we saw alternate reality GBs – including The Real and Extreme Ghostbusters (here) as well as ones we’ve never seen or heard – and we reported at the time that this could be a way for Sony to tie this altogether, making director Paul Feig’s new movie not a sequel but part of the overall story or mythology.
We’ve heard a lot of the script details for Feig’s Ghostbusters and even spoken to someone who claims they saw the movie as part of a test audience and we’re confident that they are telling the truth and that something will happen at the end of the new movie that will hint that there’s a way for the movies to cross over… but we’ll have to wait and see.
Now however, Feig himself has hinted that perhaps there’s something to all this: “I think they’re trying to figure out how to connect the old one with this. I’d like, if it’s a multi-verse, something to base off this universe that we’re going right now.”
Could we see a Ghostbusters movie down the line where Melissa McCarthy’s Abby Yates, Kristen Wiig’s Erin Gilbert, Kate McKinnon’s Jillian Holtzmann and Leslie Jones’s Patty Tolan could meet Dan Aykroyd’s Ray Stantz, Ernie Hudson’s Winston Zeddemore and maybe even Bill Murray’s Peter Venkman? We know that could be something to get excited for no matter how the new movie turns out.
Is this Sony perhaps worrying about the response to the new movie?
Well, possibly, but we certainly wouldn’t rule out that this is something GhostCorps (the Ghostbusters writers room/think tank) has had in mind for a while.
Either way – and we hope we’re wrong because no-one wants a good Ghostbusters movie more than us – we get the feeling the new movie could be in trouble (it’s already the most disliked movie trailer in YouTube’s history) and, if it is, Sony will need to have a way to get the franchise back on its feet as soon as possible.
Let us know your thoughts on this one, folks..
Ghostbusters will open in U.S. theaters on July 15th, 2016.