Who you gonna call when you have a complaint about the new Ghostbusters movie? Jason Reitman, maybe. He's the one directing and co-writing the new movie set in the same universe as the original films. Leslie Jones, one of the stars of the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, isn't happy for their film to be left out. She responded to a fan who tweeted Reitman asking if he'd bring back the four women who starred in the reboot:
Leslie Jones is not shy about speaking out. Then again, non-fans weren't shy about speaking out about the Ghostbusters reboot either. The film was considered controversial for being a reboot of the classic franchise, and for gender-swapping the ghostbusters.
The 2016 movie made $229,147,509 worldwide, off a reported production budget of $144 million, according to Box Office Mojo. That's less than the $295M the original Ghostbusters made in 1984 off a reported $30 million budget, not even adjusting for inflation. Ghostbusters 2 made a little less at $215 million in 1989, but again that's not adjusting for inflation so in today's numbers that would've been a lot more. Assuming people today would've gone to see it, and the people today who are excited for Ghostbusters 3 may want to curb their enthusiasm until they hear the full cast details.
Jason Reitman is the son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, which has a nostalgia factor on its own. A first teaser for the movie has already been released, and OG Ghostbusters stars Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson reacted to it. However, it's not clear if they will be returning to their original roles.
Because that's what fans seem to really be hoping for -- a Ghostbusters 3 reunion for Dan Aykroyd's Ray Stantz, Ernie Hudson's Winston Zeddemore, and Bill Murray's Peter Venkman. That may actually happen. Sadly, Harold Ramis passed away in 2014 so we wouldn't be able to get Egon Spengler back.
But The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit said on Twitter that the main characters of the new Ghostbusters will be four teens: two boys, and two girls. (It's basically Stranger Things when they dressed up for Halloween?) Fans may not like that idea as much, or they may be fine with it as long as it's somehow connected to the original universe in an obvious way. Maybe the teens are the kids of the original characters? Sequels/revivals do seem to love that angle.
While some fans are happy to skip over the reboot, others really did enjoy the movie buried underneath all of that internet squabbling. Maybe Ghostbusters should take up that idea of setting up a multiverse and checking in on the alternate realities out there. After all, this is a world of supernaturals, so it would make perfect sense to enter another dimension.
The new Ghostbusters -- which is apparently being hashtagged as #GB20 if you want to keep up -- is aiming for a release in 2020. In the meantime, 2019 has plenty to offer the world, so check out our packed movie schedule so you don't miss anything.
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Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.