The long anticipated third installment of the Ghostbusters’ franchise seems more definite than ever. Earlier today Paul Feig tweeted the cast of the new "Ghostbusters" film, with the caveat that contracts were still being negotiated. Who will be replacing the boys in grey? Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon.
If that wasn’t enough to get your internet percolating, the official Ghostbusters FaceBook page announced July 22, 2016 as the release date for our “scarier” reboot of the franchise. What do we know so far about this reboot? During the Entertainment Weekly anniversary issue, Dan Aykroyd gave his stamp of approval with the following:
But now we'll have a third movie with hopefully some miniskirts. I think they're going to kick ass on the concept. I've always wanted lady Ghostbusters. We at Ghostbuster Corporate Headquarters in Culver City are so excited to see what Paul Feig does.
Ernie Hudson’s reaction on FaceBook was less enthusiastic:
Two words: "No comment"
My thoughts fall somewhere in between. While I am excited to see the franchise finally moving toward the silver screen, I have my reservations about Paul Feig as a director. His movies are good, although formulaic. Feig's justifications for making it a reboot and not a sequel are also very shallow. One idea would be to have one of the gal's be a descendent of Egon, who has recently passed away. She inherits things from Egon that inspire her to start the franchise back up. Peter is in politics. Ray runs his book store and maybe teaches at the college. Having Aykroyd around would help fans of the series, plus he could be the gal's "Q". Modifying their gear and helping school them on the latest spook.
My dream director would be Edgar Wright, followed closely by Jason Reitman. To support my argument for Paul Feig maybe not being up to snuff, check out the video below.
All of that said, I hope this film gets the ball moving for the Ghostbusters franchises. Within the SONY leak were emails between Channing Tatum and executive Amy Pascal about another Ghostbusters movie starring Tatum and Chris Pratt. I would love to see that movie. Especially with a little splash of Paul Rudd in the mix. I think unfortunately Feig is the contrast to directors like Edgar Wright or Tarantino. I am sure Feig will do a fine job, and these gals are some of the funniest, I just don’t think it will be the Ghostbusters resurgence fans had been hoping for.
Enough about me, what are your thoughts on the reboot news? Sound off in the comments section below!