The ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Now Has My Attention

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Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon join Ghostbusters reboot
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I was always uninterested in the idea of a Ghostbuster 3. I just didn’t see the point of getting the old crew back together all these years later. Then Paul Feig stepped in and it was decided it was no longer going to be a sequel, but instead a reboot and a female-led reboot at that. Considering Feig’s history with Melissa McCarthy it was pretty much a no-brainer she would come on board, and she has, and to little surprise Feig’s Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig has also signed on. But it’s the next two names I’m most excited about, those being “Saturday Night Live” stars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

McKinnon has been crushing it on “SNL” ever since joining the crew back in 2012 and I just love Jones’ style of comedy and these four ladies together immediately make this something I want to see. Previously, names such as Jennifer Lawrence, Rebel Wilson, Emma Stone, Amy Schumer and Lizzy Caplan were mentioned, but this group works for me… even though I think I would have preferred Stone and Caplan replacing Wiig and McCarthy just to spice things up a bit more, but the McKinnon and Jones casting is so great I’m willing to overlook that.

And as far as whether this is official casting or not, Feig tweeted this out:

Feig has talked previously about what we can expect with the new film, telling EW, “I want the technology to be even cooler. I want it to be really scary, and I want it to happen in our world today that hasn’t gone through it so it’s like, oh my God what’s going on?”

As far as acknowledging the previous installments, it sounds like we might not get any of that referential humor (thank God!) as Feig tells Empire, “We’re not recreating the old movie, but we want to do just enough fun nods that the fans will go, ‘Oh, okay, they’re acknowledging that the other movie existed,'” Feig recently told Empire about his approach. “I like to watch parodies, but I don’t want to do them because they’re too referential. Comedy that’s too referential has such a short shelf life, whereas comedy that’s based around characters will be relatable 2000 years from now because people won’t change that much.”

Of course, my one hope for this movie is that it would be rated R, merely to give the cast and writers freedom to go whichever way they wish, but I have to assume Sony is going to insist on a PG-13 rating, hoping for sequels on top of sequels. Before that, however, let’s just see how this one turns out once it hits theaters on July 22, 2016. [The Wrap]

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