There is just no pleasing the internet. Paul Feig’s 2016 complete reboot of ‘Ghostbusters’, with an all-female cast, was dragged from the moment it was announced, and still elicits ire from fans of the original 1980s movies. That movie didn’t completely bomb, but it was far from a hit. But when Sony announced that Jason Reitman, the son of Ivan Reitman who directed the two ’80s movies, was helming another new ‘Ghostbusters’ which was a direct continuation of the originals, other folks on the internet attacked, complaining that the new movie wasn’t a sequel to Feig’s.
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Feig recorded a message for the Twitter account KateMcKinnonAUS, in which he thanked supporters and expressed hope that he and his cast might get a second chance to “#AnswerTheCall.”
“Thank you so much, thank you for keeping the torch alive for ‘Answer the Call’. We’re hoping there’s a second call, and if we do get it, it’s all because of you.”
You can watch the video below:
#AnswerTheSecondCall #Ghostbusters @paulfeig 👻💕 pic.twitter.com/eyoJWCsrDI
— #AnswerTheSecondCall (@KateMcKinnonAUS) June 8, 2019
Feig had previously tweeted the message:
“I am very open to Jason’s new version of GB but am also sad that our 2016 team may not get to bust again. We all are. We’re forever proud of our movie.”
And in an interview after the disappointing performance of the 2016 ‘Ghostbusters’, he expressed:
“I think it kind of hampered us a little bit because the movie became so much of a cause. I think for some of our audience, they were like, ‘What the f–k? We don’t wanna go to a cause. We just wanna watch a f—kin’ movie.’ [The negative reaction] was a great regret in my life, ‘cause I really loved it. It’s not a perfect movie. None of my movies are perfect. I liked what we were doing with it. It was only supposed to be there to entertain people.”
Perhaps if Feig’s film wasn’t a complete reboot, set in a world where the original movies never happened, it might have worked better. This picture starred Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Kristen Wiig, with Ed Begley Jr., and Charles Dance, as well as cameos from original cast members Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, Annie Potts, and Sigourney Weaver, but not in their classic roles. Murray, who is the reason why there was never a ‘Ghostbusters 3’ in the original franchise, only agreed to make a cameo because he saw it as a passing of the baton to a new group that would carry on the ‘Ghostbusters’ name, so that he would no longer be associated with it.
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Weaver has stated that she and “the guys” will be back in Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters 3’, but she didn’t specify which guys. Is it possible they managed to rope Murray back in? They will reprise their original roles this time, but they won’t be the stars of the movie, as it focuses on a single mother, played by Carrie Coon, who may or may not be Egon Spengler’s daughter, and her two kids played by Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard. Unlike any of the prior ‘Ghostbusters’ movies, this one won’t be set in New York City, as it depicts their moving into a small town, where they discover paranormal activity afoot.
Separately, Dan Aykroyd has written his own ‘Ghostbusters’ script, although there is no commitment from Sony to make it. His screenplay reportedly kills off Murray’s Peter Venkman only to have him return as a ghost, and team up with/plague Oscar, Dana’s (Weaver) infant from ‘Ghostbusters 2’, who Peter would have raised as his own son. (Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing this, but good luck getting Murray to sign on for it.)
At one time, Sony was planning to launch multiple ‘Ghostbuster’ movie franchises, so it’s possible that there could be a follow-up to Feig’s movie, with the two brands coexisting. Who knows?
Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters 3’ is due to be released on July 10, 2020.