The original Ghostbusters film from Ivan Reitman became a comedy favorite after its release in 1984, and prompted a sequel with the main cast members suiting up again and donning their proton packs. However, while a third film in the franchise was in the works for many years, it failed to get off the ground. Now, the Ghostbusters series will receive new life with the Paul Feig blockbuster due out this summer, starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as the core group of ghost fighters.
The new Ghostbusters film will follow a duo of believers, Erin Gilbert (Wiig) and Abby Yates (McCarthy), who penned a book about the existence of ghosts that was ridiculed by the academic community. However, when ghosts invade New York City, they team up with nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann (McKinnon) and MTA employee Patty Tolan (Jones) in order to save the city. Now, a new image from the film shows the four Ghostbusters in action, while McKinnon discusses her character’s role in the team.
EW released the image (below), which appears to be from the scene in which the Ghostbusters attempt to take down a ghost at a concert. Additionally, McKinnon discussed Jillian’s role on the Ghostbusters team, revealing that the engineer is “in charge of inventing all the cool stuff,” as well as improving upon the proton wand.
Furthermore, McKinnon revealed that she was the inspiration for the character, and spoke about getting into the role of Jillian:
She hits close to home for me in that she’s kind of on another planet. She’s joyful and friendly and wants to connect, but also [she begs the question], ‘What the heck are you talking about, girl?’ When I was a kid I was obsessed with science and obsessed with circuit boards and taking apart electronics and learning about transistors, capacitors, and diodes. When I got on the set and it was littered with circuit boards, it felt really close to home. This is me. I’m just playing myself with cooler accessories.
We’ve now seen the new Ghostbusters in action with their proton packs in a handful of images as well as the first trailer, but Feig’s film has proven to be contentious. Naysayers have criticized many aspects of the movie with varying degrees of validity, including its female cast, its humor, and its confusing relationship with the previous two Ghostbusters installments. Certainly, the concerns of continuity seem valid since the new Ghostbusters is technically a reboot without connection to the previous installments, but actors from the original movies will appear – though as new characters.
Still, McKinnon spoke about the legacy of Ghostbusters and how it felt to be continuing that legacy:
We’re friggin’ Ghostbusters, ya know? Ghostbusters to me are the best kind of superhero. You don’t have to be born to fly or anything. You can just have some heart and some desire to do good and then you can be a Ghostbuster. And we felt just like superheroes. … When we worked there was a sense of this is a legacy that’s so important and we’re carrying it on. And we’re so grateful we get to do that.
So, the new Ghostbusters film likely won’t appeal to everyone – including some fans of the original movies – but it seems many involved on the production, like Feig and McKinnon, were aiming to honor the legacy of the franchise while opening up a new generation to the adventures of the Ghostbusters. Whether Feig, McKinnon, and the others involved in Ghostbusters were successful in this endeavor, though, remains to be seen when the film opens later this year.
Ghostbusters hits U.S. theaters on July 15, 2016.