Excuse me, Ghostbusters, but girls ain’t afraid of no ghosts.
The all-girls Ghostbusters reboot announced in January had us pretty excited for a sequel to the classic films — in large part because it was a sequel with such a positive twist. Set to star Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, easily four of the funniest ladies in show business, we’re sure the reboot will see plenty of success.
And forgive us for being just a little excited that the rumors about an all-female ghostbusting team, which had been swirling for nearly a year, turned out to be true, putting a lot of sexist people in their place after they said a major movie studio would have to be crazy to turn the boys club that was the classic Ghostbusters into a girl-power action flick.
Now we learn that Sony has given into the sexist indignance surrounding the film — it was announced today that the studio will create a second reboot, but with a boys-only cast reportedly led by Channing Tatum.
“We want to expand the Ghostbusters universe in ways that will include different films, TV shows, merchandise, all things that are part of modern filmed entertainment,” said Ivan Reitman, who has partnered up with Dan Aykroyd to form a production company to handle the Ghostbusters brand. “This is branded entertainment, a scary supernatural premise mixed with comedy. Paul Feig’s film will be the first version of that, shooting in June to come out in July 2016. He’s got four of the funniest women in the world, and there will be other surprises to come. The second film has a wonderful idea that builds on that. Drew will start writing and the hope is to be ready for the Russo Brothers’ next window next summer to shoot, with the movie coming out the following year. It’s just the beginning of what I hope will be a lot of wonderful movies.”
It’s a nice thought that the plan all along was to have two separate ghostbusting teams, but it seems just a little suspicious that the boys-only Ghostbusters was announced only after the girls-only Ghostbusters received so much backlash.
It seems like Sony is pandering to sexism by backpedaling on the original idea of a female-centric reboot. At the very least, could we consider a mixed-gender Ghostbusters team? Since when do we need to treat men and women like cats and dogs who have to be separated?