Ghostbusters (III) – yes, I can’t give it the full credit of being called exactly the same as the original – is something that might’ve been half an idea in the early 1990s, after the wonderful 1984 original, but then we later had the dismal sequel, Ghostbusters II, in 1989.
Over the years, there’s been talks of endless rewrites, rebooting the franchise with young Ghostbusters, Bill Murray not being at all interested, only a cameo from Harold Ramis – who sadly passed away in February last year, and then… an all-female Ghostbusters movie. Everything we’ve ever heard about it all sounds like a collection of bad ideas.
But, the latter option won, through.
The film will be led by forever-shouting Melissa McCarthy (surprisingly good in Spy, but I don’t think she’s right to lead this movie) and Kristen Wiig (The Martian), plus… Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. Who? Apparently Saturday Night Live regulars will know them. The film is be directed by Paul Feig, responsible for Bridesmaids, which also starred McCarthy and Wiig. Thing is, I’d I’d rather lick the inside of my toilet bowl than watch that Bridesmaids!
While Spy worked, this just looks like it’ll trample over the value AND *values* of the original. The trailer brings in Slimer and the theory of screwing with the minds of the cast (both of which have been done before) and so it all just seems like a complete waste of time. Also getting in on this is Chris Hemsworth (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Elizabeth Perkins (One Child), Andy Garcia as the Mayor and The Wire‘s Omar, Michael Kenneth Williams.
IMDB also claims that we’ll see Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd, Annie Potts and Ernie Hudson, but take all that with a pinch of salt.
Oh, and it’s in 3D, yet looks like it’s not worth bothering in that format because any depth* comes from general perspective and certainly not in the same league as Gravity, Prometheus, Life Of Pi or The Walk.
(*certainly not in the script!)
I’d rather skip this and go back to the cartoon follow-up, The Real Ghostbusters!
Ghostbusters (III) is be forced upon us… sorry, released, on July 15th 2016, one week ahead of its original UK date of the 22nd of that month. Oh, joy(!)
If you care, the new trailer is here and click on the above poster for the full-size image:
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