Over 30 years after Ghostbusters took the world by storm, the beloved franchise will make its highly-anticipated return to the big screen this summer. Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy) directs, while Katie Dippold (The Heat) provides the script for the gender-swapped reboot, which stars an all-new cast of top comedians. The story will follow Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), two authors who write a book about ghosts being “real” that later comes back to haunt them at the cost of their careers. However, when ghosts invade Manhattan, the two well-equipped ladies team up with nuclear engineer, Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), and subway worker, Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) to battle against the supernatural spirits in an attempt to save the world.
So far a selection of photos have revealed that the team are suited, booted and ready to wage war against some unruly unnatural phenomenon. Now, a brand new image has surfaced online, featuring the Ghostbusters team in action, doing what they do best: unloading their proton packs at a rock concert.
We saw a brief glimpse of this scene (which presumably includes Ozzy Osbourne's cameo appearance) in the international trailer for the Ghostbusters reboot, wherein it was revealed that the energy weapons were being directed towards some sort of winged demon. If you’re thinking that the ladies are looking pretty badass here, then Paul Feig has already succeeded in what he set out to accomplish (per Empire):
“I wanted my ladies to be badass. I wanted them to get in over their heads and fight ghosts. I like the idea of them having to enter a giant setting and take on ghosts.”
However, these small successes may be outweighed by failure yet, as there has been quite a mixed bag of reaction towards the promo material for the Ghostbusters reboot - to which Feig remains unapologetic:
“I like action movies. I got to play with that in Spy, and it felt very natural here. It makes it fun and very unexpected for people when they hear it’s four lady Ghostbusters. It may be quite different than what they think.”
You can check out the newest Ghostbusters reboot image, below:
The Ghostbusters franchise is beloved by fans of multiple generations - and perhaps its immense popularity is the reason that Feig has had to relentlessly defend his reboot on the run up to its release. It appears that he believes the all-female team will be the biggest hurdle for audiences to overcome, especially with many detractors of the film criticising the casting decisions and branding them as a "political correctness" move, making it a risky bet at the box-office.
However, Feig’s prior credits as a comedy director should be more than enough to reassure fans, as his talents have been praised amongst critics and triumphed at the box-office in recent years. Additionally, much like the original cast, the female line-up are incredibly funny and talented within their own right. So, gender aside, let’s hope Ghostbusters has enough charm to win over longtime fans when it bursts on to the big screen.
Ghostbusters will be released in U.S. theaters on July 15th, 2016.