Going to the cinema these days, the odds are that the biggest grossing films will be the ones that involve superheroes, are sequels (or trilogies), or in some cases, are reboots/remakes. Though reboots and remakes often face harsh criticism from potential audiences, the fact of the matter is that these types of films are becoming an increasingly less common aspect of the Hollywood arsenal.
The truth is that audiences often forget how both the reboot and the remake have always been a part of Hollywood filmmaking. King Kong immediately stands out as a film that has had a lengthy life span throughout the history of Hollywood, proving that if a story has the potential to be pliable yet retain the spirit of the original, some interesting alterations can be worth a try.
Case in point: Ghostbusters. Some argue that it’s nothing less than sacrilege to mess with the original Ivan Reitman film. However, as word has slowly spread about the upcoming Paul Feig reboot, we’ve learned some interesting things: the cast will be an all female one, original Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson will be returning for cameos and now according to EW, the Ghostbusting ladies will be facing a plethora of undead ghouls from New York City’s infamous criminal past.
Here's the site's run-down of specters that the lead characters will face in the Ghostbusters reboot:
Pilgrims, old-timey sailors, Revolutionary War spirits, and even a couple of zoot-suited gangsters are ready to take on four formidable female busters looking to rid the city of its phantasmic filth.
Indeed, it sounds as though the new Ghostbusters are going to have their hands full this time around. Even the first film didn’t have such an original and promising ensemble of supernatural troublemakers to deal with. Also revealed is this new image from the film, which shows the ladies getting set to wage war against some unruly unnatural phenomenon.
Writer/director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy) has spent a generous amount of his time defending his hard reboot, but as a comedy director his skills have more than proven themselves at the box-offices and amongst critics alike. Bridesmaids for example, scooped up two Oscar nominations and to date is the highest grossing Judd Apatow production.
Aside from Paul Feig having to defend the film, its core stars Melissa McCarthy (Spy), Kristen Wiig (The Martian), Leslie Jones (SNL) and Kate McKinnon (Sisters) have also faced their share of sexist verbal attacks for replacing an all male cast. It’s unfortunate that detractors feel that the charm of the original Ghostbusters had anything to do with the fact that its cast was male. First and foremost, its cast were incredibly funny and talented – as is the cast of Feig’s upcoming reboot. For those who refuse to acknowledge this, they will simply have to miss out on what looks to be quickly shaping up as some spooky, silly fun at the cinema next summer.
Ghostbusters will be released in U.S. theaters on July 15th, 2016.