A new Ghostbusters film has been in the works for so long now - well before it was announced that the new cast would be made up entirely of women - it felt as though fans had been waiting an eternity. While many will contend that they were never waiting for a new Ghostbusters team, the mere question of whether or not something new would happen has existed for years.
Now that we are well aware of exactly what form the next incarnation of the famed Ghostbusting squad is going to take, the hype surrounding the upcoming Paul Feig film is steadily building. Recently, both the original cast of Ivan Reitman’s 1984 hit as well as the new cast of the 2016 “hard-reboot” appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote the film and discuss the past.
That interview looks to only be the beginning in a marketing campaign that’s expanding on what feels like a daily basis. With the release of the film less than a month away, images of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon as the Ghostbusters are becoming increasingly more commonplace. The latest indication of this comes from the new edition of EW (seen below), which shows the ladies in uniform on a slime-splattered cover.
Of course, this being something quite different from the original films, there has been a fair amount of controversy – specifically from those who feel that women shouldn’t be stepping into the roles previously held by men. Then there are those who contend that it isn’t the gender of the actors playing the Ghostbusters that they object to, but rather that a reboot of such a beloved film exists at all. Touching on both points, Wiig spoke about the new Ghostbusters in the latest issue of EW:
“You can’t get better than the original, but it’s a different movie, it’s a different cast, it’s many years later, and we’ve also done things that are different. It’s not just about it starring women.”
Wiig wasn't the only Ghostbuster who had a thing or two to say to the haters. Regarding the overall gender issue of the film and its detractors, Jones had this to say:
“When people started asking me about the gender stuff, I would say, ‘It’s not a man thing, it’s not a woman thing. It’s a Ghostbuster thing.'”
Not to be left out of the discussion, McCarthy took the opportunity to focus her sympathies on those who simply can't get past the idea of women as Ghostbusters.
“I just thought, ‘Really? Are we still there?’ It’s a movie. I never gave it another thought. You just have to go, ‘Well, I hope you get out a little more. The world is fun.’ I really think it’s the minority.”
Yes, it is difficult for some to imagine anything other than the classic cast of the original Ghostbusters rushing around New York City to battle all manners of paranormal activity. However, Feig’s Ghostbusters arrives at a time when the original is 32 years old. For an entire new generation, this 2016 squad will be the Ghostbusters and years from now it could very well impart upon them a similar nostalgia as to what fans of the original currently feel.
Of course, what matters most is whether or not Ghostbusters can successfully entertain audiences. In less than a month, we’ll know for certain exactly what these brand new Ghostbusters are capable of.
Ghostbusters will open in U.S. theaters on July 15, 2016.