Co-writer/director Paul Feig's Ghostbusters is a hard reset/reboot of the supernatural action/comedy franchise, which originated with the 1984 box office hit movie of the same name - starring Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, and the late Harold Ramis - and has since grown into a multi-platform property that includes animated TV shows (see The Real Ghostbusters, Extreme Ghostbusters) and video games (see the fittingly-titled Ghostbusters: The Video Game), among other tie-in projects. There have been reports of Sony Pictures developing other Ghostbusters movies in recent years (including an animated film adaptation), but as of right now the studio is holding off on those projects - officially, anyway - to see how Feig's reboot performs, before moving ahead with a "shared Ghostbusters cinematic universe" or something to that effect.
The first trailer for the Ghostbusters reboot has now been released online by Sony (you can watch it above), providing fans with their first look at the film's much-buzzed about all-women team of ghost-catching scientists (and one blue-collar worker). The film's main cast includes Feig's frequent collaborators Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy as (in turn) Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, along with Saturday Night Live veterans Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon as Patty Tolan and Jillian Holtzman - plus, actors Chris Hemsworth, Andy Garcia, and Michael K. Williams in key supporting roles. Here is the synopsis for Ghostbusters (2016), based on the script that Feig co-penned with Katie Dippold (The Heat):
“Thirty years after the original film took the world by storm, Ghostbusters is back and fully rebooted for a new generation. Director Paul Feig combines all the paranormal fighting elements that made the original franchise so beloved with a cast of new characters, played by the funniest actors working today. Get ready to watch them save the world this summer!”
The news of Feig's Ghostbusters was met with a fair amount of scorn and distrust online before even a single second of footage from the film had been shown, be it due to Feig's decision to "gender-swap" the Ghostbusters lineup and/or Feig's choice to do a hard reboot of the property rather than maintain continuity with his film's predecessors in the way that recent franchise revivals such as Creed and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens have. That being said, Feig's track record as a director speaks for itself (more on that below), and this initial trailer footage from Ghostbusters (2016) suggests that Feig and his ensemble cast/crew are very much taking a "go big or go home" approach here, with everything from building-high ghouls to slime-spewing ghosts (including a familiar fan-favorite) and ghostly possession included in the mix.
A reboot of Ghostbusters that features an all-women main cast reads as something that ought to be "safe" in Feig's hands, seeing as the Freaks and Geeks creator succeeded in putting a fresh creative spin on the traditionally male-led buddy cop subgenre with The Heat after his breakout hit as a filmmaker on Bridesmaids; and then in 2015, Feig added another critical/commercial hit to his resume with Spy, a movie that succeeds in poking fun at the macho tropes of the superspy genre by shifting the spotlight onto the female characters often sidelined in James Bond and/or Ethan Hunt's adventures. Ghostbusters, unlike Feig's past directorial efforts, will be Rated PG-13 rather than R, but this reboot ought to be able to stay more true to previous installments' more adult-oriented brand of comedy/horror for the same reason.
While Feig's main weak spot as a director is his habit of letting his cast's improvisation to dominate the proceedings, the news that the Ghostbusters reboot is being made from a budget of $150 million (or within that vicinity) suggests the film should offer its fair share of fireworks and flashy action/comedy to go along with the banter (like in the original 1984 film) - as does the first trailer, for that matter. Let us know if this trailer has changed your mind about the Ghostbusters reboot (for good or bad) in the comments section!
Ghostbusters will open in U.S. theaters on July 15th, 2016.
Source: Sony Pictures