The reboot America needs: “Ghostbusters” with female leads

posted at 4:01 pm on August 4, 2014 by Allahpundit

An early palate cleanser. There’s lots of grumbling about this in my Twitter timeline, but not from me. I’ve grown fatalistic about reboot mania. If we’re doomed to have our collective movie diet consist of nothing but remake slop, I’ll take a Kristen Wiig/Melissa McCarthy “Ghostbusters” reprise any day of the week over the fifth or sixth regurgitations of Spider-Man.

In fact, let’s also go ahead and greenlight that “Back to the Future” reboot with Michael Cera that we all know is coming. Featuring Russell Brand as Emmett “Doc” Brown! Leave nothing in your wake, Hollywood.

After a long search, Sony is zeroing in on a director for Ghostbusters 3, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids and The Heat, has emerged as the front-runner, according to sources, and Feig has shown interest in taking on the project. Sources caution that no formal negotiations have taken place and a lot must be worked out before the casual discussions turn serious and Feig accepts the job. But he is the studio’s first choice, these sources said. Sony declined to comment.

Sources say the film will be a reboot focusing on female Ghostbusters…

The story introduces new Ghostbusters and hands the baton from at least a couple of the originals. Dan Aykroyd has said he will return but Bill Murray has not committed.

EW wonders if it’ll be a “Bridemaids” reunion — Wiig, McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, and Rose Byrne — or an SNL reunion with Wiig, Rudolph, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler. Dan Aykroyd, who’s sounded open to a “Ghostbusters” sequel in the past, will probably end up in the mix too as Ray Stantz. Per “Star Wars,” it’s an unwritten rule that when you’re rebooting an especially beloved film franchise, you need some of the original cast present for official torch-passing purposes. When this trend hits its nadir and someone decides to reboot “The Godfather,” it’ll be a comfort to know that Pacino or De Niro will be playing Don Corleone to Leonardo Di Caprio’s Michael.

Part of the reason people are irritated about rebooting “Ghostbusters” is, of course, because it’s an especially fond movie memory. Similarly, if news broke today that someone was remaking “The Shawshank Redemption,” there’d be riots. But I think part of it too is that redoing the movie with an all-woman cast in the lead feels gimmicky, as if Hollywood’s idea of “creativity” these days is to recycle a classic wholesale except with one showy twist in the cast list. The director of the reboot was grumbling about that criticism this morning, as if there’s something sexist to the charge, but he’s missing the point. It’s not that Americans don’t want to see a buddy movie with women stars like Wiig, McCarthy, et al; obviously they do or else “Bridesmaids” wouldn’t have been a hit. What they don’t want is a story they already know where the big selling point is — geepers — that the new cast is a different gender from the old cast. Or am I giving moviegoers too much credit? This movie’s going to gross $200 million minimum no matter how derivative it is of the original, right?

Either way, we’re bound to get some truly awful Internet think pieces afterward on the role of gender in both “Ghostbusters” films, and for that we should all be grateful.


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chuckfinlay on August 4, 2014 at 4:06 PM

In fact, let’s also go ahead and greenlight that “Back to the Future” reboot with Michael Cera that we all know is coming. Featuring Russell Brand as Emmett “Doc” Brown! Leave nothing in your wake, Hollywood.

Blasphemy!

That movie might actually be the sign of the apocalypse

portlandon on August 4, 2014 at 4:06 PM

The reboot America needs: “Ghostbusters” with female leads

Gender reassignment.

It’s the in thing….

Electrongod on August 4, 2014 at 4:06 PM

I know, what if the ghostbusters went on a 3 hour tour and got shipwrecked. We could have a 1 percenter, and climate change scientist, and a porn star, and a tea bagger. and… and … zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

rhombus on August 4, 2014 at 4:07 PM

The best thing about Ghostbusters was the bored, monotonous secretary.

Red Widow on August 4, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Nobody steps on a church in my town!

Think we have any shot at getting a line like that in there?

Andy in Colorado on August 4, 2014 at 4:08 PM

LGBTQ?

Galtian on August 4, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Isn’t the whole “female Ghostbusters” deal just a way for Dan Aykroyd to sleep with younger Hollywood trim?

Good Solid B-Plus on August 4, 2014 at 4:08 PM

What sound does excrement make when it hits the ground?

FLOP.

RealMc on August 4, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Oh, just he1111111 NO!!

dentarthurdent on August 4, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Dogs and cats, living together!!!

ladyingray on August 4, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Even better line:

It’s tough out there in the private sector! They expect results!

Andy in Colorado on August 4, 2014 at 4:09 PM

But I think part of it too is that redoing the movie with an all-woman cast in the lead feels gimmicky, as if Hollywood’s idea of “creativity” these days is to recycle a classic wholesale except with one showy twist in the cast list.

Except even that is not particularly original. Back in the 1960s Hollywood did a remake of “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Mary Tyler Moore in the role played by Jimmy Stewart.

No Truce With Kings on August 4, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Why does it have to be a reboot? Nobody can write new scripts anymore?

Fenris on August 4, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Betcha the EPA douche is NOT the bad guy in this one.

dentarthurdent on August 4, 2014 at 4:11 PM

What sound does excrement make when it hits the ground?

RealMc on August 4, 2014 at 4:08 PM

“Let me be clear, you didn’t build that! I have a pen and a phone, I’ll act on my own!”

HikaruKitsune on August 4, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Quick we need another reboot from the 1980′s.

Oil Can on August 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Why does it have to be a reboot? Nobody can write new scripts anymore?

Fenris on August 4, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Have you seen any examples of “new scripts” recently?
I sure haven’t.
Dam near everything is a reboot, remake, sequel or prequel.

dentarthurdent on August 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM

100% lock of the century that they replace the EPA bad guys with corporate bad guys.

swamp_yankee on August 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Reboots, remakes, and sequels. And when you are doing or NOT doing that you are insulting American values, Hollywood. And you wonder why your take is off by over a BILLION DOLLARS this summer!

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is an unexpected success (saw it yesterday, it is great) because it is original, AND it’s more than just another “comic book” movie, it actually is a very well crafted sci-fi space battle action/comedy with writing on par with Douglas Adams.

That’s why it made $100M this weekend .

ConstantineXI on August 4, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Forget the all-woman cast – PC hollyweird REQUIRES that the cast MUST include at least one black, hispanic, lesbian “female”.

MicahStone on August 4, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Similarly, if news broke today that someone was remaking “The Shawshank Redemption,” there’d be riots.

Only because in about five years the only movies we’d have available on TNT would be Shawshank I & II. As it is, Shawshank is on seemingly 50% of the time now.

nukemhill on August 4, 2014 at 4:15 PM

it’ll be a comfort to know that Pacino or De Niro will be playing Don Corleone to Leonardo Di Caprio’s Michael.

Vito and Michael Corleone are both dead. You would need Andy Garcia (as Don Vincent Corleone) to pass the torch. Not that anyone would even think to continue beyond Godfather 3, what with the tepid critical response. But let’s be accurate here :)

NY2SC on August 4, 2014 at 4:15 PM

100% lock of the century that they replace the EPA bad guys with corporate bad guys.

swamp_yankee on August 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Yup.
In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the ghostbusters are actually EPA agents themselves – trying to save the world.

dentarthurdent on August 4, 2014 at 4:15 PM

I think a reboot is a great idea, but in this update the female ghostbusters should take on real monsters…such as global warming, the NRA, corporations, churches and white people.

Frank Lib on August 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM

The 3 women?

Sarah Silverman
Janeane Garofalo
Melissa McCarthy

I’ll go throw up now.

portlandon on August 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Stupid idea. Hate remakes and hate the concept of female ghostbusters.

DisneyFan on August 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Vagina Busters?

But you already know at the end, they’re going to take out the Big Bad with a nutshot.

Tom Servo on August 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM

100% lock of the century that they replace the EPA bad guys with corporate bad guys.

swamp_yankee on August 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Absolutely. Only movie I can remember where EPA assholes were the bad guys.

ConstantineXI on August 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Attention Attention.

Please close this thread.

It will not be possible to top this:


HikaruKitsune on August 4, 2014 at 4:12 PM

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!!!!!

RealMc on August 4, 2014 at 4:18 PM

I’m all for strong female leads in movies and IRL.
Just as long as they earn the spot, aren’t pushed ahead of the class because they are an innie, not an outie.
Or hot.

Tard on August 4, 2014 at 4:18 PM

There is only one Ghostbusters.

One of the best movies ever made with the best cast ever! I have watched it many many times and still love it!

JellyToast on August 4, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Isn’t the whole “female Ghostbusters” deal just a way for Dan Aykroyd to sleep with younger Hollywood trim?

Good Solid B-Plus on August 4, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Actually, he has one of those rare long-term Hollywood marriages…married to Donna Dixon for 31 years.

NY2SC on August 4, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Another flop I’ll be sure to ignore.

Meople on August 4, 2014 at 4:18 PM

What does Ray Parker Jr. have to say about this?

There’s somethin’ strange in the neighborhood.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe93CLbHjxQ

Viewer alert at 3:34 (Al Franken cameo).

Great scene with Annie Potts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roiRpwv9zFs

Dan Pfeiffer from Obama’s administration should play the accountant’s role played by Rick Moranis: “Hey, who does your taxes?”

BuckeyeSam on August 4, 2014 at 4:18 PM

This is a gimmick. Just like the “Annie” movie musical reboot was a gimmick with a recast of the leads with black actors.

bluegill on August 4, 2014 at 4:19 PM

All I need to know about the Ghostbuster remake: Bill Murray isn’t interested.

That should be enough for everyone. Shut it down.

chuckfinlay on August 4, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Who cares? Does anybody still go to movies?

crankyoldlady on August 4, 2014 at 4:20 PM

100% lock of the century that they replace the EPA bad guys with corporate bad guys.

swamp_yankee on August 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM

The Loch Bros.

mudskipper on August 4, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Bill Murray isn’t interested.

chuckfinlay on August 4, 2014 at 4:20 PM

I’m not, either.

Fallon on August 4, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Yes, it’s true. This woman has no tits.

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 4, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Forget the all-woman cast – PC hollyweird REQUIRES that the cast MUST include at least one black, hispanic, lesbian “female”.

MicahStone on August 4, 2014 at 4:15 PM

That’s been a hard rule of casting since MTV started “reality” TV. There MUST be a loud militant black feminist lesbian/tranny “female” on each show.

ConstantineXI on August 4, 2014 at 4:23 PM

P*ssy Galore.

ToddPA on August 4, 2014 at 4:24 PM

They’ve already done this sort of reboot in cartoon form, for the record:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extreme_Ghostbusters

Hispanic guy, black guy, wheelchair guy and goth girl. Minority Ghostbusters, Assemble!

Good Solid B-Plus on August 4, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Maybe they can make them black lesbians muslims in wheelchairs to be totally politically correct…

mouell on August 4, 2014 at 4:25 PM

The reboot America needs: “Ghostbusters” with female leads

Sounds like it will be excruciatingly dull.

sharrukin on August 4, 2014 at 4:25 PM

In other Hollywood news, TriStar is investigating re-making “Patton”, this time with a female character in the lead.

BobMbx on August 4, 2014 at 4:25 PM

This is what happens when you cross the streams…

partsnlabor on August 4, 2014 at 4:26 PM

I’m not sure there are currently 3 funny enough female comedians in America to pull this off.

b4itsover on August 4, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Betcha the EPA douche is NOT the bad guy in this one.

dentarthurdent on August 4, 2014 at 4:11 PM

It will be an evil corporation that uses ghosts to take away women’s birth control.

DisneyFan on August 4, 2014 at 4:29 PM

They will not be fighting ghosts. It will be racists all the way down.

faraway on August 4, 2014 at 4:31 PM

“Ghostbusters” with female leads

You know, we didn’t have this kind of stuff as long as the drive-in theaters were around. Thats where you went to watch “B” movies. Now, its all Hollywood seems to be able to produce.

You’ll know its over when they re-make “Its a Wonderful Life” with a drug addicted father (George), a former prostitute (Mary), and children who cut themselves (Zhu Zhu and the boy), with Samuel L. Jackson as the angel, complete with his trademark sewer mouth.

BobMbx on August 4, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Bill Murray isn’t interested.

chuckfinlay on August 4, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Of course not – he died in the zombie apocalypse…..

dentarthurdent on August 4, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Either way, we’re bound to get some truly awful Internet think pieces afterward on the role of gender in both “Ghostbusters” films, and for that we should all be grateful.

You’re not counting this one, AP?

EricW on August 4, 2014 at 4:32 PM

I tried to think of the most harmless thing. Something I loved from my childhood. Something that could never, ever possibly destroy us.

Nice thinking, Hollyweird.

ezspirit on August 4, 2014 at 4:32 PM

I’m not sure there are currently 3 funny enough female comedians in America to pull this off.

b4itsover on August 4, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Whoopie Goldberg and Ellen Degenerate could do it. I’m sure there are others that I can’t think of. Is there much physical stuff? Those girls are getting old.

crankyoldlady on August 4, 2014 at 4:32 PM

I’m not sure there are currently 3 funny enough female comedians in America to pull this off.

b4itsover on August 4, 2014 at 4:29 PM

I’m thinking DWS, Hildebeast, and Ruth Buzzy Ginsberg.

BobMbx on August 4, 2014 at 4:33 PM

I’m sure it’ll do as well as Blues Brothers 2000.

rihar on August 4, 2014 at 4:35 PM

In fact, let’s also go ahead and greenlight that “Back to the Future” reboot with Michael Cera that we all know is coming. Featuring Russell Brand as Emmett “Doc” Brown! Leave nothing in your wake, Hollywood.

Blasphemy!

That movie might actually be the sign of the apocalypse

portlandon on August 4, 2014 at 4:06 PM

I’ll be rooting for the Libyan terrorists to succeed this time.

RickB on August 4, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Why can’t Hollywood come up with some original ideas? This is so lame.

cat_owner on August 4, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Bill Murray actually went on to a successful career beyond post-SNL comedies. The only other alumni to pull that off was Eddie Murphy.

Given how much of the original movie’s memorable lines were ad libbed, I don’t anticipate the sequel faring any better than Arthur, with its lectures on Wall Street greed and Helen Mirren instead of John Geilgud.

Either way, we’re bound to get some truly awful Internet think pieces afterward on the role of gender in both “Ghostbusters” films, and for that we should all be grateful.

The lectures on race when Lucy came out were particularly irritating. I find myself logging onto Facebook less and less frequently to avoid this garbage that passes for critical theory.

ezspirit on August 4, 2014 at 4:40 PM

I’ll be rooting for the Libyan homegrown right-wing Christian terrorists to succeed this time.

RickB on August 4, 2014 at 4:37 PM

FIFY…a much more likely scenario from Hollywood, all things considered.

NY2SC on August 4, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Without the writing genius of Harold Ramis, Hollywood hasn’t a prayer of this succeeding.
RIP Harold your (original) work will live forever.

Missilengr on August 4, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Why don’t they remake Raging Bull and have Rosie O’Donnell play Jake LaMotta?

Box Office Bonanza!

fogw on August 4, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Benghazi, The Sequel should be a blast

faraway on August 4, 2014 at 4:43 PM

CBG19 isn’t too keen on 1980s reboots either, like Gremlins and Beetlejuice

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V6x6u2Gfrc&list=TLpzrIvJYTdKlk99gvDSszXbfg7-FUleE5

MichaelGabriel on August 4, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Nope. Let’s just go the full lobotomy. I’m looking forward to when the Networks fight it out to see who is first with the “LGBTQ Patrol”, whose mission will be to root out and DESTROY all homophobes, misogynists, racists, Christianists, conservatives and any white male with a Southron accent; all, of course, as defined by “The Patrol”.

vnvet on August 4, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Allah,
I think you are overdoing it here. 1 film doesn’t make a “beloved film franchise”. Ghostbusters 2 was awful. If there was such a demand they would have been able to through enough cash at Murray to get him to take any script they came up with for Ghostbusters 3. He didn’t. A twist of won’t save this film and the special effects budget will have to be huge to generate the hype. It will barely makes it’s money back.

Rocks on August 4, 2014 at 4:46 PM

I see Melissa McCarthy as the “Castaway”.

You know it’s coming…..

dentarthurdent on August 4, 2014 at 4:49 PM

P*ssy Galore.

ToddPA on August 4, 2014 at 4:24 PM

…with a positron glider!

Meople on August 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

I wouldn’t mind the reboots if they weren’t always so damn inferior to the original product.

myiq2xu on August 4, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Word is Schindler’s List is being redone, however it will take place in Gaza and the roles are reversed.

Odie1941 on August 4, 2014 at 4:53 PM

So it will be another remake I wont watch?

oryguncon on August 4, 2014 at 4:56 PM

In the Ghostbusters reboot, the all new women cast should just eat the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

ninnuh on August 4, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Of course.

And the cause of the new outbreak of paranormal activity will be…(wait for it)…

Global Warming.

Bruno Strozek on August 4, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Why don’t they remake Raging Bull and have Rosie O’Donnell play Jake LaMotta?

Box Office Bonanza!

fogw on August 4, 2014 at 4:42 PM

She would have to lose weight for the role.

RickB on August 4, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Except even that is not particularly original. Back in the 1960s Hollywood did a remake of “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Mary Tyler Moore in the role played by Jimmy Stewart.

No Truce With Kings on August 4, 2014 at 4:10 PM

That was in the ’70s and it starred Marlo Thomas. Forgettable, I know.

Tuning Spork on August 4, 2014 at 5:22 PM

It all has to do with execution. Unfortunately, most of the female comedians I’ve seen lately are not funny, simply potty-mouthed. And nowadays, one will have to be “of color.” Beyonce anyone? Or maybe an all-black cast instead. Beyonce, Rihanna and…

bobs1196 on August 4, 2014 at 5:35 PM

I disagree. This is the reboot America deserves, but not the one it needs right now.

RINO in Name Only on August 4, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Oh I am quite eager for Hollywood to sink it’s money on another embarrassing failure. An object lesson in not fluke-ing with the classics is in order, I think.

squint on August 4, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Ghostbusters, don’t you mean Dustbusters? Amirite?

hoffy on August 4, 2014 at 5:59 PM

We need more women everywhere. More women. Less men. In fact, more men need to become women.

hoffy on August 4, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Wonder if they could actually find a female version of the no-talent, obnoxious Bill Murray? Literally makes me queasy thinking about it.

Now, this Billy Murray…different story altogether:

I’m Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 4, 2014 at 6:11 PM

I want to see a female “3 Stooges” movie with Ellen Degeneres as Moe, Wanda Sykes as Larry and Rosie O’Donnel as Curly. The plot includes a baby being left at their apartment door, and the three women don’t know the first thing about taking care of it. They decide to build a house and end up destroying the entire neighborhood in the process. Then to make money they enter Rosie in a tough woman contest- Moe, Larry cheese! Moe, Larry cheese!…No, limburger!

fitzsweetpea on August 4, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Why don’t the no-talent Hollywood leftist re-writers go all the way with a PC movie named: “BORDER BUSTERS”????

It would be an excuse for them to hire dozens, if not hundreds….

/SARC>

landlines on August 4, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Constantly churning out remakes, because Hollywood is full of gutless wonders and money-grubbers who have no confidence but plenty of greed.

disa on August 4, 2014 at 6:21 PM

With all the great old SF out there, why doesn’t someone write a script for “Ringworld,” or “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress,” or get Peter Jackson interested in Asimov’s “Foundation” trilogy (forget the later installments)?

No, it’s DC or Marvel Comics all the way.

When does “Ass” hit the big screen?

JamesS on August 4, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Why does it have to be a reboot? Nobody can write new scripts anymore?

Picture this:

SPECTER CATCHERS

Three wacky women team up to try to defend Los Angeles against an onslaught of supernatural beings using nuclear-powered backpacks and an old ambulance…

Cicero43 on August 4, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Instead of getting slimed, the ghosts make them nude, right?

formwiz on August 4, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Part of the reason people are irritated about rebooting “Ghostbusters” is, of course, because it’s an especially fond movie memory.

Um, didn’t we already crush that memory with Ghostbusters 2?

I mean, that sort of did it in for me… they’ve already crapped it up, what is there to worry about now?

gekkobear on August 4, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Meh.

More Hollywood drek I won’t be spending any money on.

Star Bird on August 4, 2014 at 6:56 PM

The reboot America needs: “Ghostbusters” with female leads

Already been done. It was a porno…

Sockpuppet Politic on August 4, 2014 at 6:59 PM

What? No Whoopass Goldberg?

Bertram Cabot Jr. on August 4, 2014 at 7:01 PM

well, gonna suck then.

dmacleo on August 4, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Ghost Busters: Full Throttle

Axeman on August 4, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Instead of getting slimed, the ghosts make them nude, right?

formwiz on August 4, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Rosie? I threw up in my mouth a little.
Well, okay. A lot.

partsnlabor on August 4, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Helen Mirren was cast as Prospero in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” in 2010. Some people just can’t leave well enough alone and have to get all gender swappy.

I actually like “The Tempest” too and was looking forward to a proper hollywood treatment.

budget: $20 million
earnings: $300 thousand

http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=tempest10.htm

hatespam on August 4, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Another Hollywood remake I intend to skip.

sadatoni on August 4, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Early reports indicate that it will be titled Ghostbusters: Electric Boogaloo.

Mr. D on August 4, 2014 at 8:34 PM

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