With shooting wrapping this week on the Ghostbusters movie director Paul Feig has taken to Twitter to show he ain't afraid of no fanboy haters.
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Feig and his cast and crew have faced tough online attention for the cult movies fan base who have clearly decided that the new all female cast just won't meet up with expectations claiming its a shallow Hollywood move to cash in on the franchise. Feng reached his limit for tolerating the trolls however and blasted Twitter with comebacks claiming,
"You all have no idea what we did, so stop acting like you do. Enough is enough. Just let this movie happen. #Enough"
Followed up with a less measured ...
"You've been ranting at me and my cast for months with misogyny and insults for months. So go f**k yourself. Good night. #enough"
Whilst the #enough hashtag seems a little melodramatic much of the focus has been unjustly placed on a lack of confidence in the new all female cast in pulling off the dubious task of satiating fanboy expectations Feig pulled out the big guns.
Peppered amongst the online outbursts have been leaks on the extensive cameos from the cast of the original movies including Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts plus the breaking news of Sigourney Weaver joining the reunion. Is this a sign of a weak cast or plot line?
What raised questions is whilst Murray has been essential in building the hype around the new team of Busters how will the original cast be worked into the story arc. With this being a reboot the old characters are no longer going to be donning the overalls and back packs and I can't help but think this will play into the haters hands and here's why.
I feel a lot of the negativity has been centred on a sense of that now often quoted trope of childhood nostalgia being worked over by a heartless Hollywood Exec team. To an extent a precedence has been set with no movie or tv show being sacrosanct from the reboot, Transformers , A Team and even the Goonies have all been targeted with varying degrees of success.
Had Ghostbusters new outing been a continuation of the Ghostbusters universe I believe much of the resistance would have been avoided. The reintroduction of Murray as anyone other than Peter Venkmen just seems wrong and it remains to be seen how this all fits.
One take on Ghostbusters could have centred around a new team of students discovering the old crews dusty gear with Ackroyd still getting giddy at the idea of supernatural goings on whilst tucked away in the Universities libraries back rooms. Venkmen could have matured to a TV show ghost hunter and unsuccessfully attempt to woo the younger female cast.
But it does raise a broader question. Are the reboots lazy storytelling, rehashing well tested characters with just a few twists and turns to refresh a franchise or should directors and writers build on much loved stories to expand a universe?