Fans of the original Ghostbusters are looking forward to the all female reboot with anticipation and dread.
On the plus side, almost all the original cast are making torch passing cameos: Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, and Sigourney Weaver. It would be a complete team reassemble if Harold Ramis had not passed away in 2014 from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. The addition of Chris Hemsworth in the eye candy role of Kevin the team receptionist is also a decided plus.
However, the teaser trailer is getting mixed reviews. The international trailer is doing only slightly better.
The producers also had to settle for Bridesmaids director Paul Feig when original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman opted out shortly after the death of Harold Ramis.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Reitman noted:
A lot of things happened in the last few months, the most significant of which was the passing of Harold, who was a very good friend who was extraordinarily influential in my career. We did five movies together including both Ghostbusters."
Reitman still retains a co-producing credit with Amy Pascal.
The anxiety quotient increased when it was announced that Melissa McCarthy would be joining the cast of former and present Saturday Night Live troupe members Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon. Fans feared McCarthy would be reprising the same loudmouthed, crude, rough around the edges role she has been doing with minor variations ever since Bridesmaids.
Director Feig even confirmed those fears when he acknowledged that he wrote the role of Patsy Tolan, the brash transit employee, with Melissa McCarthy in mind. After completing the script he had second thoughts about the idea.
“When Katie [Dippold] and I wrote the script, we had written the role with Melissa in mind, but then I thought I’ve seen Melissa play a brash, larger than life character. She’s done it in my movies before!”, Feig noted in an interview with Empire Magazine.
Feig immediately thought of Saturday Night Live cast member Leslie Jones who has been doing brash characters ever since her introduction on the show.
“I don’t normally like comedy that’s big and loud, but she is able to pull that off in a way that feels real and it’s her. And when I make a movie, I want to find the funniest people I know and once I know what’s the funniest thing about them I want that to be the thing that I put on screen and let shine. This is the role that Leslie can shine comedically in. If you’ve ever seen her do stand-up, it’s just who she is. I wanted to unleash Leslie on the public in the same way we unleashed Melissa on the public in Bridesmaids, with a very showy role," Feig noted to Empire.
McCarthy's loss could easily be Jones' gain If she does not wear out her welcome too soon. Here is hoping that Leslie Jones gets the part just right.