‘Ghostbusters’ Fans Are Somehow Both Excited And Furious Over New Trailer
The new 'Ghostbusters' trailer has reminded us that aggrieved fans are still haunted by the franchise's 2016 reboot.
The first proper look at 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' has scored plenty of accolades from excited fans -- but many of them can't help bringing up how much they hated 2016's female-led reboot.
'Afterlife' is set to star cast members from the original 1984 film including Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, and Sigourney Weaver as well as newcomers Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, and Mckenna Grace and was directed by Jason Reitman -- who has a special connection to the franchise.
Reitman was on the 'Ghostbusters' sets as a kid in the '80s (and even had a small part in 1989's 'Ghostbusters II') when his dad, Ivan Reitman, directed the hit movies.
Some devotees of the original movies have been particularly excited that Reitman Jr. is in charge of the project, especially after he assured fans 'Afterlife' would "follow the trajectory of the original film".
The comment was a not-so-subtle acknowledgment of the 2016 reboot directed by Paul Feig that starred Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon.
The ~female~ 'Ghostbusters' copped flak for supposedly ruining people's childhoods and saw Jones bombarded online with racist slurs and death threats.
While it was released nearly five years ago and set in a different 'Ghostbusters' universe, the 'Afterlife' trailer has provided fans who hated it another opportunity to remind everyone of the cinematic trauma they endured in 2016.
But other eagle-eyed cinema fans have pointed out on Twitter that the new script isn't really that similar to the original 'Ghostbusters' with a distinctly 'Stranger Things' vibe (and not just because of Wolfhard's presence), a cast of teens, and a lack of jokes and the sort of gross-out ghost humour that defined the first films.
While everyone tries to shout over the top of each other for the next seven months and beyond ('Afterlife' isn't coming out until July 2020) the best bit of advice to be found online is that everyone should probably chill out about the "ghost plumber" film.
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