We've been hearing about a possible new Ghostbusters movie for years. Specifically, Ghostbusters 3. Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis have been trying to get this film made since the 1990's, and not really getting anywhere with it. There were difficulties with the story, as well as trying to get Bill Murray on board with the project. After the sudden death of Harold Ramis, paired with Bill Murray's constant backing out, it seemed as though this film would never get made.
That's when we heard Paul Feig (director of Bridesmaids) would be bringing us the new film we were promised years ago. Many weren't happy with Feig as the director, but most were just glad the film was finally getting made. Soon after that, Feig announced his film would include an all-female lineup of the famous team. At this point, most of us were probably thinking this lineup would be a brand-new team, maybe being trained by the original Ghostbusters as replacements, or possibly a team in a franchise of ghost-busting teams all over the world. Speculation began on who would be cast. Names like Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, and Ellen Page were being thrown around, until Feig tweeted this photo.
The cast of this movie is now set to include Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as the new Ghostbusters. It was also announced that this new movie would not be a sequel, but instead a reboot.
My question is: Why?
It just seems pointless to take a story that's already been done and switch the lead roles to women. That's like remaking Charlie's Angels, but with men as the angels. Now before you crucify me in the comments, I like the cast. My only problem is that I don't like Melissa McCarthy, but that's an argument for another day. The studio doesn't need to start over with an all female cast just to make it more "progressive" and "politically correct." You could easily take the cast you have now, call it a continuation, throw in a few cameos from the original Ghostbusters, and it would sell.
In this new universe, Venkman, Stantz, Spengler, and Zeddmore never existed. These ladies will be all new characters with an all new origin story for the business itself. The original cast may even make cameos, but not as their old characters. Which makes even less sense. If you want new characters with their own story with cameos from the old cast, make it a continuation. Don't throw away a story that everyone already loves just to make the story more diverse.
This movie could amazing. This movie could be awful. We won't know until 2016. But the point still stands, pointless remakes/reboots are never a good thing. Don't fix what's not broken.