“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!”
These are just three comments that former Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson has made, since buzz began to build that new director Paul Feige planned to reboot the long-dormant 80s comedy/supernatural franchise with an all-new, all-female cast. A more traditional sequel has been in the works for years, but Bill Murray continued to hold out until last year when Harold Ramis passed away and original director Ivan Reitman walked away.
In stepped Feige, director of the female-centric hit comedy ‘Bridesmaids,’ who announced that the new film would not be a sequel but a re-imagining with an all-female cast. That began Hudson’s shower of sour grapes.
Then last week, the (tentative) cast was announced, comprised of ‘Bridesmaids’ stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, plus ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast members Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. (Wiig, of course is also an ‘SNL’ alum.)
Hudson’s first reaction? “No Comment.”
It’s not clear exactly clear what happened after that (but flames may have been involved), but Hudson has seemingly changed his tune, tweeting:
— Ernie Hudson (@Ernie_Hudson) January 29, 2015
Sincere? It’s questionable. To be optimistic, we could just assume Hudson had a change of heart, possibly once he saw the talented cast selected. Or maybe he’s just scrambling to cover his ass after making some remarks that could be construed as being sexist?
Well, it now looks as if the three surviving original Ghostbusters have given the new version their blessings, as Murray had suggested Wiig and McCarthy last fall and Dan Aykroyd released a supportive statement shortly after the new cast was announced.
What do you think? Do you buy Hudson’s change of heart? Does it even matter?
Source: Slash Film