With the recent release of the full length trailer, promotion for the Paul Feig directed reboot of Ghostbusters is now in full swing. Focusing on a new team, the film boasts a cast of comedy all stars with Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilbert, Melissa McCarthy as Abby Yates and Saturday Night Live veterans Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon as Patty Tolan and Jillian Holtzmann, respectively. The film is already one of 2016's most anticipated movies, and both its quality and box office performance will be under a microscope as the "gender-swapped" team has already caused quite a bit of controversy.
Walking the fine line of respecting the original and creating something new, Feig has made it clear that a few things are constant in this fictional world: the iconic theme music, and the presence of a whole lot of ghosts. The director has released more details about the film's music and ghouls, and the revelations bode well for this next iteration of the Ghostbusters franchise.
Speaking at a Ghostbusters event this week (via CinemaBlend) Feig spoke about the iconic Ray Parker Jr. theme song, now a staple in pop culture history. Though it was absent from the trailer (in non-instrumental form, that is), we can except both the original and a new version to be in the movie. Per Feig:
"You’re definitely going to hear the Ghostbusters song, because you can’t do Ghostbusters without that song. We’re playing not only with the original one, which it would be a crime not to hear that song, but also new versions of it."
He also mentioned that he is working on the score with Teddy Shapiro, who has worked on many bigger name films including Zoolander 2, Trumbo, Tropic Thunder, and Feig's own spy genre parody, Spy. Fieg talked about their partnership remarking,
"Teddy Shapiro - who did Spy with me, he’s one of the best composers I know – is doing an amazing theme, and we’re really playing with a lot of different themes. I want this to be big, spooky, gothic, cool, and he’s doing an amazing job. I think you’ll be very happy when you hear what we’re doing score-wise."
Feig has also elaborated on some of the ghosts that will be in the Ghostbusters reboot, and it sounds as though they will be largely humanoid. Of course that's in addition to Slimer's return. Feig broke down his reasoning for this saying,
"Being such a science nut, I wanted these ghosts to be what I always considered a ghost to be, which is dead people coming back. So even though we played with that, there are other types of ghosts in it – we have fun with what comes up. I wanted to keep the main ghosts to be basically humanoid, but again you’re gonna get every kind. But especially for the early interactions with the Ghostbusters and the supernatural. It also comes from me, on the set, I didn’t want my actors acting with tennis balls – which they do in some of these CGI movies."
More details about various ghost appearances and who is performing the cover haven't yet been revealed. However due to the intense interest in the Ghostbusters reboot more information on both subjects should be forthcoming. While it is impossible to please everyone - and this film is sure to continue to receive more than its fair share of backlash - there has clearly been an incredible amount of thought put into its development. Hopefully this will result in a fun action comedy that lives up to its namesake.
Ghostbusters will open in U.S. theaters on July 15th, 2016.