Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Cast For the All-Female Ghostbusters Movie is here...

Well, this was not much of a surprise.

When it was announced that Sony was planning an all-female "Ghostbusters" movie, I didn't reject the idea. I like seeing women take the lead in movies. I find it especially healthy when high-concept comedies or science fiction films have an all-female cast at its center. I think its important to start breaking down the stereotypes of female characters on film, and this could be an important building block for that to happen.

When I read that Paul Feig, the director of "Bridemaids" was going to be the director of this "All-Female Ghostbusters" film, I pretty much guaranteed myself that Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig would be involved. Both of these actresses are hot right now, and if there are two comedic actresses right now that can, at the very least, parallel the chemistry of Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, its these two. Sure enough, in the cast announcement today, there's Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, front and freaking center. Joining Wiig and McCarthy will be Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. I am not familiar with the work of Jones or McKinnon, but from what I have read, they are good, although they may not have proven that they are lead material yet.

This cast excites me. But as I was reading more about this project, I started to get a bad feeling. Now, these could just be rumors, but it seems this all-female "Ghostbusters" film may not take place in the same continuity that the rest of the "Ghostbusters" movies. I am reading that this will be another origin story with this team coming together to chase and capture ghosts. I am also reading there will be a Walter Peck like character from the first movie, trying to dissuade the team from catching ghosts, and would you believe me if I told you that Sony is trying to court that role with Bill Murray himself?

Look I like this cast and like I said, an all-female "Ghostbusters" movie has the potential of becoming a good idea. But seriously, another origin story not set in the "Ghostbusters" universe? With Bill Murray playing the Walter Peck character? Does that honestly sound like a good idea? Does that honestly sound like the most creative way of handling this idea? One thing I loved about the first "Ghostbusters" movie was one minor quote Murray had, about how "the franchise rights alone would make them rich beyond their wildest dreams." The idea that Venkman and Ray would open more branches of "Ghostbusters" across the country, maybe across the world...think of the potential in that as a film franchise. The idea of exploring different cultures and different styles of comedy and horror, as well as bringing in different actors for the franchise. This could have been a creative and commercial goldmine for Sony, and it seems they are ignoring it completely. No matter how impressed I am by this all-female cast, if the plan is just to remake the first film with women, the film will surely tank and will become the laughing stock of the franchise. This idea can be much more than what is being rumored, and I hope it is just that...rumors.

What are your thoughts on the casting? And better yet, your ideas on the potential of this as a movie?


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