Of all the Hollywood franchise revivals that are coming through the pipeline in the next fear years, it's safe to say that the Ghostbusters reboot is one of the ones that has the steepest uphill climb. Though the film has a respected comedic helmsman in Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy) and a cast fronted by some of the leading ladies of comedy (Kristin Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, for starters), the new take on the paranormal investigators has been a lightning rod for controversy since it got the green light. Even as moviegoers yearn for female led action flicks, not everyone's keen on the Ghostbusters being 100% estrogen.
As the film proceeds with principal photography in Boston, Feig and his team will be hard at work getting the momentum to swing in the positive direction. A great teaser trailer or an image of the newcomers in costume may be the best way to accomplish that, but for now fans will have to settle for a picture of just the uniforms to start getting hyped.
Feig shared the image on his Twitter page, and it's safe to say that he has the 1984 original in mind with the design, as it clearly pays homage to what came before:
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) June 29, 2015
Though the characterization and the performances will be the biggest indicators for how audiences receive the next generation of Ghostbusters, longtime followers can breathe easy with the knowledge that they'll at least look like proper Ghostbusters while they're hunting down whatever poltergeists are plaguing society these days.
For the most part, these outfits are basically replications of the duds worn by Peter Venkman and his crew during their days in the field. Of course, there are some minor alterations to make the new uniforms stand on their own (the orange stripes along the sleeves and what seems to be a darker shade of brown), but they look like typical Ghostbusters get-ups. Even the classic logo is left untouched, a perfect illustration of Feig's commitment to blending the old with the new and honoring the history of the iconic brand.
Obviously, the sight of empty uniforms on hangers isn't going to completely sway the naysayers' opinions on the film's potential merits, but this is a step in the right direction. Whenever a beloved property such as this is being adapted, the heroes' clothes are always a major topic of discussion. Regardless of how you feel about it, costumes are a crucial part of geek-friendly franchises, and if the filmmakers don't get that aspect of the source material right, many are left wondering if they can do anything justice. In all honesty, it's an easy element to nail down, and it's nice to see that Feig and his crew knocked it out of the park. Though they are redesigns, nothing's so drastic that people will proclaim Ghostbusters is ruined because of this.
There's no telling yet if an official shot of the cast wearing their new uniforms is around the corner, but the timing of this post indicates that Feig is preparing to film the team in the costumes in the near future. Like many a studio tentpole, Ghostbusters has already been plagued by leaked set images, so perhaps the director may want to beat the paparazzi to the punch and unveil the new Ghostbusters in full within the next couple of days. It gives us something to look forward to, if nothing else.
Ghostbusters will be in theaters July 22, 2016.
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