Reboots and sequels are a hit or miss in Hollywood. The box office does not always play nice to the third or fourth unnecessary installment to a movie that ended fairly well, but that doesn’t stop filmmakers from jumping into familiar territory and stretching out storylines. If you’ve been to a theater in the past five years, than you know what I’m talking about, and if you’ve been online in the past 24 hours than you are aware of the criticism following the recent all-female Ghostbusters news.
Rumors about an all-female Ghostbusters reboot have been circulating for well over a year, but no official details solidified the reboot rumor, until yesterday when director Paul Feig tweeted a photo announcing the newly casted Ghostbusters gang, consisting of funny women Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. Feig, who is best know for his female comedy Bridesmaids, which also starred Wiig and McCarthy, made social media waves, with the hash tag #Ghostbusters trending on both Twitter and Facebook. But just because your new comedy is trending, does not necessarily mean the emotions shared are positive.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 27, 2015
From what I can tell so far, reactions to the reboot are not great. As expected, there are many angry Ghostbusters devotees who wished their beloved 80’s classic could escape the greedy grasp of Hollywood’s unoriginal film money pandering, but these reactions are minimal to a stronger reaction shared by many, and that is that having an all-female cast is a horrible idea and act of “gender pandering.” Read more