‘Ghostbusters’ fans have been celebrating the announcement that a new film in the franchise was in the works. There is one person, however, that is not so happy with the news. Leslie Jones, who played Patty Tolan in the female-led ‘Ghostbusters’ film, has expressed her frustration that the new film that will follow the timeline of the 1984 original, essentially leaving the new female characters out of the mix.
While none of the characters or actors have been confirmed, Jones has expressed concern that women will be excluded. This would be a big step backward from the 2016 reboot directed by Paul Feig that told the story of an all-female ghost hunting team that was unconnected to the first film and the 1989 sequel.
Director Jason Reitman announced that he would direct the 2020 film that follows new characters through the same world that was saved from the apocalypse in the original story. His father Ivan Reitman directed the first two movies and produced the 2016 reboot.
Jones took to Twitter following the announcement of the film to make her feelings known, tweeting:
“So insulting. Like f—- us. We dint count. It’s like something trump would do. (Trump voice)’Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers’ ugh so annoying. Such a dick move. And I don’t give f— I’m saying something!!”
Reitman gave an interview praising the work done by the all-female Ghostbusters, saying he did not want his movie to be interpreted as a sign of disrespect to Jones, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, or Melissa McCarthy.
He explained that his film would not be linked to Feig’s because Feig created his own timeline without using the events of the earlier movies. Reitman said:
“I have so much respect for what Paul created with those brilliant actresses, and would love to see more stories from them. However, this new movie will follow the trajectory of the original film.”
Jones tweeted again that she hopes the upcoming film does not become a boys club, saying:
“… The point is if they make this new one with all men and it does well which it will. It might feel that ‘boys are better’ it makes my heart drop. Maybe I could have use different words but I’m allowed to have my feelings just like them.”
Stay tuned for more news about the new ‘Ghostbusters’ as it becomes available!