We know that the new take on ‘Ghostbusters‘ is going to have an all-female leading cast and that even Bill Murray who has been against a third movie approves of the idea but not every original Ghostbuster is in agreement with this new direction. Ernie Hudson (‘Oz’,’The Crow’) who played Winston Zeddmore in the original films doesn’t believe that this is what fans are looking for at all. While I’m not personally sure that an all-female cast is why fans of the franchise aren’t happy with a new incarnation of the ‘Ghostbusters,’ Hudson seems pretty passionate about this view.
Here’s what he had to say on the matter:
“I heard it was going to be a total reboot, and that it would have nothing to do with the other two movies. If it has nothing to do with the other two movies, and it’s all female, then why are you calling it Ghostbusters?
I love females. I hope that if they go that way at least they’ll be funny, and if they’re not funny at least hopefully it’ll be sexy. I love the idea of including women, I think that’s great.
But all-female I think would be a bad idea. I don’t think the fans want to see that.
Maybe it will come out and be the most amazing thing, but in my opinion I think it would be wrong to do another movie that didn’t include the guys. And that didn’t include me!”
Now the real question is if Hudson is actually against the idea or just feeling a little shunned. He knows that he isn’t overly in demand these days as an actor and hasn’t been directly contacted about the film at the time of this posting. “The studio puts out these announcements over the years that there’s going to be another movie and I’m kind of going, that’s interesting, nobody’s told me about it,” he said. “Maybe they just assume. ‘Oh, we know we can get Ernie’ – which is sadly true! I’m not the most difficult one to get.”
Personally I think they shouldn’t have gone with the idea of a complete reboot. My preference would have been to have a connection to the source material and I believe that fans are more up in arms about that aspect. They could have easily set it in a modern day continuation with a new cast wearing the proton packs with proper tributes to past members.
Oh well. There’s nothing we can do about that now. One thing we do know that director Paul Feig has already said that, “as far as I’m concerned, anybody wants to come back I welcome with open arms. It would just be in different roles now, but it would be fun to figure out how to do that.” So Hudson wouldn’t have to worry about not being in the film if that is what he really had an issue with.
Are you with Hudson on an all-female cast being the main problem with the potential film?