January 28, 2015

New ‘Ghostbusters’ Film Will Take a Fresh Turn

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A few months ago Sony would announce that it would be rebooting the ‘Ghostbusters’ franchise.  Even though it won’t involve the original actors from the first two movies it still has managed to make some waves with announcement of the new cast.  It appears that director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) has chosen his cast and taken it in an interesting new path.  Paul has announced that his version will feature all females in the lead roles.  The new cast will most likely be Melissa McCarthy (Identity Thief), Kristen Wiig (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), and Saturday Night Live cast members Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

For years rumors of making a third Ghostbusters film have floated around and bringing back the original cast was always the topic, but Bill Murray was never really committed to the idea.  With passing of writer and star Harold Ramis last February director Ivan Reitman and writer Dan Aykroyd decided to pass the project on to Paul Feig.  Paul now has the massive undertaking of filling some pretty big shoes.

The all-female starring cast is quite a polarizing decision and not because girls can’t be Ghostbusters.  It’s due to fact that it varies so far from the beloved norm & has really drawn mixed opinions across the board.  There is no doubt that these are four extremely funny ladies and all four seem a good fit.  But so much more hangs in the balance.  I know, for me, the original two films are very near and dear to my heart and are a part of my childhood and the thought of a careless remake hastily done in a Hollywood money-grab scares me.

Let’s all keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.

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