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Any fan of the original Ghostbusters (1984) remembers that first ghost. There were our three heroes, not even ‘busting’ yet, called to the New York Public Library as parapsychologists to investigate some disturbances of a suspiciously paranormal nature. They see the full torso apparition (and “it’s real”) and as excited as they were, we were, too. Of course it then transforms into a hideous beastly thing and they run the heck outta there, motivating them to form the now famous environmentally unstable business.
Looking back, though, you realize there really wasn’t that much actual ghostbusting. In fact, Slimer is the only real full-on trapping scene. The rest are after-the-fact until the final act when they all escape. How telling of the confidence of that movie where the premise of the story is only shown once.
Skip ahead to next summer. The new Ghostbusters reboot, led by an amazing all-female cast, is gearing up for a new take on the old story. Not a sequel, but a brand new fresh take, the new ghostbusters will be an origin story that is not connected to the old one in anyway (aside from the plot, premise, story, and name, so okay connected a lot). In fact, many of the original cast will be returning, and if rumors are to believed, in cameos as entirely different characters.
In case you haven’t heard about the new Ghostbusters (and if so, welcome to Earth, we hope you enjoy your stay) here’s a quick rundown: Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) are authors who wrote a book that claim ghosts are real, though the book is lost in obscurity until Gilbert lands a job at Columbia University where it suddenly finds new life but not in a good way. She’s laughed out of her career. But . . . things take a turn for the better (depending on who’s perspective) when ghosts actually do invade NYC and Gilbert teams up with Yates and two (well technically three) others (Kate McKinnon playing a nuclear physicist and Leslie Jones as a subway worker and Chris Hemsworth as their receptionist). It’s busting time.
The big question has been, what or who will the new ghostbusters be busting? Well, Entertainment Weekly has shed some light on what we can expect. As the the film takes place in New York City, just like the first, the ghosts listed by EW seem to be drawn from that city’s history: Pilgrims, Revolutionary War soldiers and sailors, gangsters and more are battling the women. Paul Feig is the writer (from a screenplay by Dan Aykroyd) and director, and if this list of ghosts reveals anything, it is that there might be a lot more actual ghost busting this time around, for better or worse. Also, there’s no indication of non-human apparitions yet, a big part of the originals. None of these have been pegged as the official main villain, and there is no word on any Gozer-ish like entities either, but given the nature of the film, the current trend for big monsters, we can be sure Feig has something unexpected up his sleeve. Most importantly, will Slimer show up?
What do you think about the new Ghostbuster? Excited? Let us know in the comments below.
Dan Aykroyd (characters), Katie Dippold, Paul Feig
Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver