"Ghostbusters" is based on the 1984 film of the same name
that saw eccentric ghost hunters played by Bill Murray, Dan
Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson save New York City from
The new film, due in theaters on July 15, follows a similar
plot. Eccentric parapsychologists battle ghosts wreaking havoc
on Manhattan, this time with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy,
Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.
The cast know a little something about being underdogs. When the
new "Ghostbusters" movie was announced, it garnered strong
positive and negative reactions for its all-female cast, a point
subtly referenced throughout the film.
The film's first trailer released in March divided audiences and
garnered more than 900,000 dislikes, YouTube's most-disliked
"I did not respond well. I might have tweeted out my address to
a couple of people to come see me," Jones said, adding that her
costars "had to calm me down."
Fans of the original franchise may see some familiar faces -
human and paranormal - pop up as cameos, as well as gadgets such
as the Ecto-1 car and proton packs.
But the real nostalgia is reviving the chemistry of the original
foursome, who became cult film heroes.
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"I wanted to bring from the spirit of the old ones that even if you
don't believe in us, we're going to do the right thing anyways,"
"I think that's why I love them so much, they're still saving
everybody even though people aren't rooting for them."
Director Paul Feig, known for collaborating with McCarthy often in
films such as "Spy," said, "There's nothing worse than trying to
slam a woman into a part that was written for a man," and instead
wanted to provide a platform for the film's lead cast to showcase
"It's just time for women to get to establish themselves in these
big leading roles that are three-dimensional, that have foibles and
they have vulnerability in a way that women aren't sometimes allowed
to be shown," he said.
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
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