Because the world is full of haters, a lot of people were pretty unhappy with the decision to remake Ghostbusters… particularly because it has an all-female cast. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon are starring in the reboot of the ’80s classic, and I think it’s going to be great. Will it be the funniest thing ever created? Probably not, but it is a quirky female-driven action movie, and there aren’t enough of those, so why is it such a bad thing? Hollywood is constantly ruining shit by “updating” it when it didn’t need an update, so why is this difference? Oh right, because, Ghostbusters is a dude movie, and how dare women try to change that?!
The criticism the movie’s received has really “bummed” Kristen Wiig out, because she loves the original Ghostbusters and believes the new film is honouring the old one. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, she admitted that she doesn’t really get the misogyny surrounding the project, and frankly, neither do I.
Have you ever made a movie that had so much attention and even controversy attached to it as you were making it?
No. And the fact there was so much controversy because we were women was surprising to me. Some people said some really not nice things about the fact that there were women. It didn’t make me mad, it just really bummed me out. We’re really honoring those movies.
I feel you. I hope the movie does really well, so that Hollywood can realize that female-driven movies do have value and should get more attention and funding. Again, it’s not that I think thew Ghostbusters remake is going to revolutionize Hollywood, but if Adam Sandler’s garbage is still getting made, I think we can deal with some lady heroes.