There are a lot of exciting films that will be coming out this year. In addition to quite a few featuring superhero/comic characters taking to the big screen as usual, there’s also a movie being released that feels like it’s been talked about for decades: Ghostbusters. Remakes and reboots are certainly nothing new, but it is very possible that this one could be different for a variety of reasons.
A New Spin
Unfortunately, when it comes to remaking classic films, it seems as though Hollywood follows a familiar formula: Dust off the original script, add a few modern touches, cast the roles with “hot” actors, and it’s good to go. Often the result is a lackluster, watered-down version that makes you wonder why it was made in the first place. At least with the new Ghostbusters, there seems to be an attempt to do something fresh. Sure, using women instead of men is not terribly groundbreaking, but at least it’s better than just trying to find actors to duplicate the original cast.
Speaking of the cast, if you like funny women, then you surely will not be disappointed. The new Ghostbusters will be played by Kristen Wiig and her Bridesmaids co-star Melissa McCarthy, along with two current Saturday Night Live members, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. All have proven themselves in the past to be very adept comic actresses.
Chills and Thrills
While the first Ghostbusters may have had a few scares, for the most part the film focused mainly on comedy. The director of the new movie, Paul Feig, says he wants the film to be scarier, according to an article on SlashFilm.com. What that means exactly, we will just have to wait and see.
Though devotees of the original may not be able to admit it, this new version could be just as fun. When you think about Ghostbusters, there are certain things that probably come to mind, all of them surely related to something fun. Those include Slimer, the Stay-Puft Marshmallow man, or some Venkman one-liners. Fun is the crux of the film. Over the years, there have been attempts to capture that feeling in a variety of video games. This article on Shacknews talks about three of them. And it may have slipped under your radar, but there is currently a game on Gala Bingo’s platform that’s not only fun, but lets players win prizes as they do battle with different ghosts. And while it pays homage to the classic first film in the franchise, it’s not out of the question to expect similar titles to arrive once the reboot hits theaters.
There probably couldn’t be a better director than Feig for Ghostbusters. In case you’re unfamiliar with his work, his last three movies were Spy, The Heat, and Bridesmaids. As anyone who’s seen those films will tell you, Feig has definitely showed that he knows what he’s doing when it comes to comedy, action, and comedy-action.
Although we will not see Peter Venkman or Ray Stantz, we will get to see Bill Murray and Dan Aykryod make cameos, along with Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts. Sadly, Rick Moranis, who essentially retired from acting years ago, will not make an appearance.
Want more reasons to go see Ghostbusters this summer? Check out this piece on Cineworld.