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Five things you should know about the new Ghostbusters movie

By Alex Wiggan

If there’s one movie that’s caused controversy over the past year – other than Fantastic Four – it is the new Ghostbusters movie. It doesn’t matter that the movie has yet to be released there is a certain corner of the Internet who just can’t accept that a new Ghostbusters movie is being made.

Perhaps it’s because the movie is looking to reboot the popular ’80s franchise, or perhaps it’s because it stars an all-female cast – who knows? Either way, director Paul Feig, the man behind the new movie, has had enough of the criticism and has recently taken to Twitter to vent his feelings.

In one of his tweets, he said:

“You all have no idea what we did, so stop acting like you do. Enough is enough. Just let this movie happen.”

Now whether you’re for or against the new Ghostbusters movie, Feig has a point. No one has seen the movie just yet, so why all the hate?

However not all of Feig’s recent tweets were aimed directly at the negative commentators. A day later he said:

“I read all your tweets and love them. Thanks for the continuing support. I just suddenly hit the wall with the haters.”

The truth is, until the movie hits cinema screens no one can know for sure what the movie is going to be like and we still have nine months to wait before the reviews are out. However, if you’re interested in the new movie and you want to know a little bit more about what’s to come, here’s a handy guide to what you can expect from the Ghostbusters reboot.


Behind the scenes

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Ghostbusters III/Ghostbusters: Rebooted/Ghostbusters, whatever you want to call it has been in the pipeline, in one way or another, for a long time.

Original star and co-creator Dan Aykroyd had been trying to get a third Ghostbusters movie off the ground for years and on a couple of occasions he came very close to succeeding. But with co-star Bill Murray never quite comfortable to commit to the project, the film languished in Development Hell.

Eventually, with the passing of former Ghostbusters star Harold Ramis the idea of bringing back the original stars was dropped in favour of a franchise reboot. Step forward Bridesmaids (2011) director Paul Feig.

Written by Paul Feig and Katie Dippold, Ghostbusters is being produced by Amy Pascal and Ivan Reitman with Robert D. Yeoman involved as the cinematographer.

The movie has a reported budget of around $154 million and is being distributed by Columbia Pictures.


The cast


As discussed above, a great deal has already been ‘decided’ about the new cast of Ghostbusters, but for those who have yet to form an opinion…

Bridesmaids stars Kristin Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are taking on the roles of Erin Gilbert and Abbey Yates, respectively. Both characters are authors, having co-published a book on the paranormal.

Wiig and McCarthy are being joined by Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann and Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan. Both characters will become Ghostbusters during the course of the movie.

Rounding out the rest of the cast is Chris Hemsworth as Kevin the Ghostbusters’ receptionist, Andy Garcia as the Mayor of New York and Neil Casey as the movie’s chief villain.


The original Ghostbusters

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Now here’s the best news of all: Stars of the original Ghostbusters movies are set to make cameo appearances in the new film.

To date, confirmed original cast members include Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts.

As of writing, the only major stars not announced to appear are Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis – but don’t count them out just yet.

There’s still no word on whether or not Slimer or the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man will appear. Fingers crossed.

**UPDATE** Since posting this blog entry, Paul Feig has announced via Twitter that Sigourney Weaver will appear in Ghostbusters.

He said:

“Gang, trying to keep surprises but this is about to leak, so I’ll tell you myself: the awesome Sigourney Weaver is going to be in our movie!”


The story

Ghostbusters cast

Little is known about the plot of the new movie, although earlier this year The Boston Herald reported that the basic premise would be:

“Wiig and McCarthy play a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. Flash forward a few years and Wiig lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia U. Which is pretty sweet, until her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. Wiig reunites with McCarthy and the other two proton pack-packing phantom wranglers, and she gets some sweet revenge when ghosts invade Manhattan and she and her team have to save the world.”

On top of this expect plenty of laughs and a few nods to the original Ghostbusters movies.


The release

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And finally, perhaps the most important information of all: the release date. You can decide whether or not you’re a fan of the Ghostbusters reboot when it hits cinemas in July 2016.


So, are you for or against? Thoughts please.


About Alex Wiggan: For the record, Alex is for.


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