Since it was originally released in 1984, Ivan Reitman's Ghostbusters has become a classic for its mix of comedy and supernatural horror. Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts, the film inspired a sequel - the less well received Ghostbusters II that debuted in 1989. But, although there have been many pitches for a Ghostbusters 3 since the '80s, nothing has panned out - until 2014 when Sony Pictures announced an all-female reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise with Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy) on board to direct and co-write.
The film enlisted a new generation of Ghostbusters in Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones - with Chris Hemsworth later announced to take the role of their receptionist - and a number of original cast members reportedly involved in smaller roles unrelated to their original characters. Now, the casts of the original and the reboot (with the exception of Ramis, who passed away in 2014) appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to discuss the new film.
While on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the cast debuted a new clip from Ghostbusters (above) and the host asked Murray for his thoughts on what drew him back to the franchise. He responded:
"It was only because I knew these girls were funny. … When you see the film - and you'll delight in the film - it sort of rumbles along in the beginning and you go, "Oh god, how are they going to pull this thing off?" … But there is no quit in these girls - I've worked with Melissa before, and a little bit with Kristen. But this is a tough movie to pull off because it's a big concept, there's a lot on the plate, there's a lot of expectation and Danny and I, and Annie and Ernie, were just screaming, cheering like we were at a sporting event at the end of it."
Additionally, CBM released the international poster for Ghostbusters, which features the full team of new ghost-fighters along with Hemsworth's character, Kevin. Take a look:
Certainly, fans of the original Ghostbusters film may be able to take heart in Murray's praise for the reboot and its cast. Additionally, he's the latest of the original cast members to voice their positive reaction to Feig's reboot - both Hudson and Aykroyd have offered their own words of praise for the new Ghostbusters.
But, there has still been an incredibly mixed response to the Ghostbusters reboot - as far back as when it was announced the movie would star an all-female cast. Then, the first official trailer for Ghostbusters prompted even more mixed reactions, evidenced by the fact that it is the most disliked movie trailer ever on YouTube, but the film is also the most anticipated summer comedy. Of course, this disparity is likely the result of the Ghostbusters reboot prompting other discussions about diversity in Hollywood, since Feig's film will introduce a team of female characters to the typically all-male property.
Still, those involved with the new Ghostbusters have all offered hopeful words to fans, especially concerning the first trailer that wasn't well received. McCarthy commented that the trailer for Ghostbusters is "very confusing" while Feig himself admitted his movies in general seem to be tough to market in terms of trailers. So, we may not really know what to expect from this new Ghostbusters until reviews begin to surface, or the film is released in theaters and fans can judge for themselves. But, at the very least, Murray - along with his cast members of the 1984 Ghostbusters - seem to be wholly on board with the reboot.
Ghostbusters will open in U.S. theaters on July 15th, 2016.
Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CBM