For the past few years there has been a flurry of rebooted 1980s films, most of which have failed to impress film critics or cinema audiences alike. Next up on the reboot conveyor belt is Ghostbusters, and this time round it has an all-female cast.
The idea of a third film has been bouncing around the Hollywood studio hallways for years now and for reasons unknown, Bill Murray failed to commit to the project, which left it sitting on the shelf until last year when Bridesmaids director Paul Feig stepped forward and suggested a reboot. Fast forward to the present time and filming is now underway in Boston, although the film much like the original is rumoured to be set in New York City.
Since the announcement from Columbia Pictures, several Internet film forums have been discussing the prospect of an all-female cast and the general feeling is that it is a mistake. Film franchises such as Batman and Superman have opted to for a darker side to the storylines and cinema audiences have welcomed that. A more serious look at the legendary superheroes have filled cinemas and critics have praised productions. In the case of Ghostbusters, Feig has opted for a more comedy feel, choosing Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones to play the main characters. All of which have comedy-skills in their resumes.
Criticism towards the cast members has overflowed more recently as images of them from the film set in Boston have begun appearing online. Fans of the franchise have been posting in their droves negative comments about the project and even Ernie Hudson who played Winston “I love this town!” Zeddmore in the original films has suggested on Twitter that fans won't welcome an all-female cast and that it is a bad idea. In fact, you would need to go back as far as 2006 when Daniel Craig took over as James Bond to remember how cruel the UK press were towards him during the filming process. Opinions quickly changed though when the darker than usual 007 film was released in cinemas and was a world-wide success. Whether or not the female cast members can do the same remains to be seen. One thing is for sure... there does seem to be an iceberg ahead... and Feig would be wise to turn back and rethink this journey.
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