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For reasons that are difficult to understand, one of the most controversial film franchises in recent years has been the supernatural comedy Ghostbusters. The series saw a reboot a couple years ago that recast this leads with four female comedians, a move that was met with a significant backlash. Now, yet another Ghostbusters movie is on the way, but it won't be a sequel to the last one, but instead a sequel to the original pair from the 1980s. Melissa McCarthy was one of the stars of the recent reboot and she says she has no issues with the new film and she's looking forward to seeing it. According to McCarthy...
I’m for anybody who’s making movies. I talked to Jason about it, he’s just always had this idea, and his goes back to the world where the guys did exist and I’m like, ‘I want to see that. I’m all for it.' I say like, ‘Tell the story.'
While many fans of the various incarnations of Ghostbusters have drawn battle lines over the franchise, Melissa McCarthy isn't interested in getting involved in all that it seems. She says she's just happy to see people making movies and doesn't seem to mind so much what they're about.
McCarthy says she's already spoken to Jason Reitman, the co-writer and director of the upcoming project, which will be set in the original Ghostbusters universe. She also reiterates comments that Reitman has made, that this idea is one that he's had for quite some time, and finally took the time to turn into an actual screenplay.
In the end, this is the best possible response. There's no reason that people can't like all of the Ghostbusters movies and can't hope that the film set for release next year is also good. If McCarthy had anything negative to say about the new movie it would likely only feed those who were critical of the reboot anyway, so there's not a lot of value in it.
At this point, little is known about the new movie beyond the fact that it will take place as a direct sequel to Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. The expectation is that some or all of the original Ghostbusters cast who are still with us will appear in the film, though in what capacity we don't know. The word on the street is that the main cast of the film will be a new generation of young Ghostbusters, with the original cast acting as mentors.
This likely won't be the last thing we hear in the ongoing battle of the Ghostbusters. While Jason Reitman has also tried to defuse tension between fans, there will likely continue to be a lot of strong opinions at least until we see the new Ghostbusters next summer.