Who you gonna call? A case for the rebooted spook-chasers…
The world’s been crying out for another Ghostbusters movie for over a quarter of a century. There’s been no shortage of rumours – everything from a standard threequel with the original team, to Bill Murray as a Venkghost, and Seth Rogen leading a new generation of spook hunters…
But now a film’s actually happening, much of the internet has decided they don’t like it – despite the fact no one’s seen much beyond a few photos from production. Mad, right?
Because the route this Ghostbusters reboot is taking is genius. Bringing the original cast back is no longer an option – the sad death of Harold Ramis in 2014 made sure of that, and Murray never seemed keen anyway – so doing something new with the concept is the only way to go. A like-for-like retread of arguably the greatest sci-fi comedy of all time (sorry, Spaceballs) is doomed to failure, so it’s time to shake-up the formula – and bringing in all-female ’Busters is a brilliant way to do that.
As with the original, the cast is packed with proven comedians lifted from the ranks of Saturday Night Live, while Bridesmaids director Paul Feig has some serious laugh credentials. Many of the original cast are back for cameos, the updated suits and Ecto-1 look the part, and Thor is playing the receptionist. It won’t be the original – and nor should it try to be – but the world is more than big enough for two Ghostbusting teams. Richard Edwards
That ghost’s still looking surprised after all these years.