Ghostbusters – What the Hell Happened?


For anyone that doesn’t know, there is a Ghostbusters reboot planned for release mid-July.  It has gotten a lot of discussion going in just about every place it is mentioned.  It seems that the discussion is leaning more to being negative about the reboot than supportive of it.  There has even been a remade version of the iconic Ray Parker “Ghostbusters” song.  Fan or not, the reboot is coming and it is taking over media.

The big thing that is known about this reboot is that it is an all-female Ghostbusters team.  This has actually been quite polarizing in the fan base.  We have Melissa McCarthy (Mike and Molly, Identity Thief, Tammy), Kristen Wiig (Girl Most Likely, Paul, Bridesmaids), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) and Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live) taking on the roles of the original Ghostbusters.

The original Ghostbusters were from similar backgrounds, at least the actors were.  The original two movies starred Dan Aykroyd (Blues Brothers, Saturday Night Live), Harold Ramis (Stripes and writer of many other comedies), Bill Murray (Stripes, Caddyshack, Saturday Night Live) and Ernie Hudson (The Crow, HBO’s OZ).

A lot of criticism is based on the all-female leads, lack of “good” stuff in the trailers and more recently, criticism of the “new” theme song.  Fallout Boy featuring Missy Elliott has released his version of the iconic Ray Parker song.  Even feelings of the original song are being called into question with many saying the Parker version is very 80’s and not in a good way.

For a movie releasing next month, the response to this reboot of Ghostbusters is not going all that well.  Even having some of the original cast praise the reboot has done nothing to turn the negative tide.

Is this anti-Ghostbusters response simply fans of the originals being mad because they wanted a reunion of that cast?  Is it a case of Hollywood overstepping their bounds in rewriting “history”?  Is the Internet getting upset over nothing?  What are your thoughts on the reboot of Ghostbusters?

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