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Entertainment: Is An All-Female Ghostbusters Reboot The Right Decision?

(Image courtesy of screencrush.com)
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As a dedicated Ghostbusters fan I was extremely excited to see a second sequel will be made.

My childhood was filled with memories of Slimer, the Stay-Puft Marsmallow Man, and dreams of having my own portable containment unit. However, my excitement quickly turned to doubt when I heard the plans for the upcoming film, and I’m not too sure that feeling will ever come back.


When I heard Paul Feig was attached to the new Ghostbusters film I admit I was interested. I loved his breakout movie, Bridesmaids as I thought he put together a very funny and original film.

I thought the chemistry between the mostly female cast was sensational, and the film earned its moniker as “The Hangover” for women.

While the film worked in that instance, it might not work in others.

So, when I heard that new Ghostbusters was going to be a re-boot that features an all female cast, I admit I was slightly disappointed. Now, in no way am I saying a Ghostbusters film featuring all women is a terrible idea, but when you grew up on Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, and Harold Ramis (R.I.P.) this new idea puts doubt into my head.

The original actors worked so well together, and as very big Bill Murray fan, I really wanted to see him and Akroyd don the Ghostbusters uniforms one more time.

Instead, I’ll be subjected to learning new characters, and the re-telling of the Ghostbusters story.

Apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks the idea of an all women Ghostbusters is a bad idea, actor Ernie Hudson, who played Winston in Ghostbusters 2, recently stated to The UK Telegraph his thoughts on the film.

“I heard it was going to be a total reboot, and that it would have nothing to do with the other two movies. If it has nothing to do with the other two movies, and it’s all female, then why are you calling it Ghostbusters? I love females. I hope that if they go that way at least they’ll be funny, and if they’re not funny at least hopefully it’ll be sexy. I love the idea of including women, I think that’s great. But all-female I think would be a bad idea. I don’t think the fans want to see that.”

I share the same thoughts as Ernie. A reboot would separate it from the original two, and the inclusion of women would turn it into an entirely different film. Sure, the women will bring in sex appeal and it might be funny, but it will not be the same.

Movie buffs that have never seen the original Ghostbusters—which should be rare, as this is one of the movies that must be seen before you reach adulthood—might not get the importance of the original cast.

Could you imagine Back to The Future without Michael J. Fox or Christopher Lloyd?  What if the original Star Wars didn’t have Harrison Ford or Carrie Fisher?

It’s easy to change something, but it’s hard to forget it. So, if I go and see this reboot I’ll keep an open mind, but I can’t say the same thing for my broken heart.

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