Friday, January 30, 2015

'Ghostbusters' to debut on July 22, 2016 with Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, and Jones set to star

Since Ghostbusters II debuted in 1989, fans have wondered about the future of the sci-fi comedy franchise. Dan Aykroyd and the other stars of the franchise were always interested in doing a Ghostbusters 3, but star Bill Murray was always very opposed to the idea. Last year, Sony finally decided to completely reboot the franchise and hired director Paul Feig to direct a new Ghostbusters film with a female-led cast. On Tuesday, the cast of the film was announced after many months of speculation. The film, currently titled Ghostbusters, will star Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. All four of those actresses are either current or former SNL stars. Finally, the film will debut on July 22, 2016 during a very crowded month.

At this point, Ghostbusters is opening on the same day as Warner Bros.' King Arthur and Lionsgate's Power Rangers, a week before the next Bourne film, and two weeks after Star Trek 3. That's a tough month to open in so I wouldn't be surprised to see Ghostbusters move. While I'm definitely a fan of the original Ghostbusters, I've never had much interest in more sequels or reboots. The idea of recreating the franchise with a female cast is a much stronger idea than doing Ghostbusters 3 with the original cast (Murray, Aykroyd, etc.) but it still isn't that appealing. Unless I see some great footage or hear that the script is great (I've heard the complete opposite), I just can't get excited for this film. Maybe Paul Feig will deliver something truly spectacular with Ghostbusters, but for now, I'm skeptical about this one.

Image Credits: AMC Theaters

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