For many, the original Ghostbusters was the film of their childhoods. Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, the movie chronicles three eccentric paranormal detectives, determined to catch ghosts preying on New York City.
The movie was so beloved that it inspired a 2016 remake - the only caveat being, the cast was pretty much all-female. It starred such names as Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones. For many, this caused uproar, with an abundance of internet trolls claiming it was "ruining childhoods."
Well, there's been recent news of another Ghostbusters reboot, which is currently in the very preliminary stages. While we don't yet know any information about the cast, it's assumed it's unlikely to be another women-centric affair. One actress from the 2016 remake has a pretty strong opinion on the up-and-coming movie - and she wasn't afraid to share her views on Twitter.
The original Ghostbusters is a total classic.
via: ShutterstockThe 1984 fantasy-comedy was the highest-grossing comedy film of all time after its release. It's still a beloved movie today, holding a nostalgic place in many people's hearts.
The movie starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.The three men played the co-owners of a New York based ghost catching business, who have to save the world from the paranormal threats.
All while doing some excellent dancing.The charming eccentricity of the movie made it both a popular and commercial success.
The movie was so beloved that it inspired a 2016 remake.But the reboot came with a twist - the ghostbusters of the title were all played by women.
Here are the four main actors at the film's premiere.
via: Getty ImagesFrom left to right, we have Melissa McCarthy, Lesie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig, who played four women tasked with catching the ghosts and saving the city.
Here's a poster featuring Leslie Jones in her ghost busting gear.
via: ShutterstockThe poster was a part of the movie's premiere, and stayed proudly displayed above Hollywood's Chinese Theatre afterwards.
The choice to opt for a female cast was controversial.Many viewed the casting as a "gimmick," and on the day of the trailer's release, it received 13,800 dislikes on YouTube compared to just 12,000 likes.
This is in spite of the fact the majority of the original crew were involved in the movie.
via: Getty ImagesHere's original ghost buster Dan Aykroyd attending the 2016 reboot's premiere. He told the Hollywood Reporter he was "delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy"
Nonetheless, the casting choice was extremely polarising.A small subset of trolls were determined to minimise the film's potential success, and set about giving it extremely poor ratings on as many internet platforms as possible, in spite of never having seen the film.
Much of the film's initial criticism was called out for being misogynistic.Others felt the film's haters were simply overly protective of a movie which had meant a lot to them in their childhoods. Naysayers were concerned that the remake would be in some way to the detriment of the original.
In spite of the internet criticism, the film was a (moderate) success.
And recent reports have revealed there's another remake in the works.
The film will be directed by son of the original director, Jason Reitman.
via: ShutterstockHe's promised it will follow the story line of the original films, although will be set in the present day.
But not everyone is celebrating news of the up-and-coming film.In fact, some people are fairly angry about it. At least the remake is following in the controversial tradition of its predecessor!
Star of the 2016 remake, Leslie Jones, was one of the biggest voices of dissent.She took to Twitter to criticise the remake, believing it would undermine the 2016 version and move it out of the Ghostbusters universe.
She aired her concerns on Twitter.
@SarahBillsMafia @melissamccarthy @paulfeig @SonyPictures So insulting. Like fuck us. We dint count. It’s like some… https://t.co/RWdssrvLaF— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Leslie Jones 🦋)1547936000.0
She even compared the actions of filmmakers to a certain POTUS.Jones claimed the remaking of a film with a male cast was a Trump-esque thing to do.
Many Twitter users weren't thrilled with the Tweet.One pointed out the factual inaccuracies of Jones's Tweet, plus criticised the 2016 remake as "objectively bad and unfunny."
Others had a more... direct approach.
@Lesdoggg @SarahBillsMafia @melissamccarthy @paulfeig @SonyPictures Whine some more you ungrateful asshole.— Hotrod Lincoln (@Hotrod Lincoln)1548076758.0
Of course, she had a perfect response to them.
@BrazenJimmy @Lesdoggg @SarahBillsMafia @melissamccarthy @paulfeig @SonyPictures https://t.co/EdFdwvuE7f— Ted Geoghegan (@Ted Geoghegan)1548018764.0
It doesn't seem like Jones is about to back down.
Some Twitter users stood up for Jones's recent comments.
1. Leslie Jones tells the truth. 2. Boy, I would've thought the Ghostbros got all their hate out of their system th… https://t.co/acLAfuRStb— Andrew Todd (@Andrew Todd)1548007993.0
Jones reached out to thank him.She stood by the message of her original Tweet - although did concede that she perhaps used overly aggressive language to get her point across.
It's refreshing to see a woman refusing to back down in the face of adversity.While some of what she said was perhaps a little ill-thought-through, she's certainly entitled to her feelings. Plus, the amount of hate she and her Ghostbusters cast mates received would be enough to fray anyone's temper.
However, her criticism of the upcoming film was not without issue.It appears Jones believed the next reboot will be a remake of her 2016 Ghostbusters. But the director has promised it'll actually be a sequel to the two original Ghostbusters films.
Andrew Todd pointed this out in a kinder way.
@Lesdoggg It'll be interesting: reports suggest the leads will be kids, 2 boys and 2 girls. No idea how Internet as… https://t.co/rqKVKWaKmw— Andrew Todd (@Andrew Todd)1548024293.0
Todd made an interesting point about the newest film's casting choices.
I wonder how all the Ghostbros rejoicing that they're getting a "real sequel" will feel when they realise the main… https://t.co/epOKrNy7gz— Andrew Todd (@Andrew Todd)1548008205.0