For many, just the thought of a Ghostbusters revival is enough to send them into an excitement-fuelled swoon. For others, it’s utter blasphemy. But what exactly are these fellows against? Reboots? Women? Joy? Several years after the initial Ghostbusters 3 announcement, we still find ourselves with a need to convince the more sceptical that all-new, all-female Ghostbusters is something that we need in our lives. Instead of asking ‘why’, start asking ‘why not’ and ‘why won’t it come out sooner?’ Here’s why we think we should all join hands and start wishing for July to hurry up already…
1. It’s got a fab cast
Kristin Wiig. Melissa McCarthy. Kate McKinnon. Leslie Jones. They aren’t just some of the funniest women working today; they’re some of the funniest people. Wiig and McCarthy have already hit the comedy big-time with movies like Bridesmaids and Spy, but McKinnon and Jones are slightly less well known. As cast members of Saturday Night Live they are still in the prime of their comedy careers. Maybe Ghostbusters will make them both household names. Maybe they’ll get to write and star in their own big-budget Hollywood comedies. Maybe they’ll end up presenting the Golden Globes together. Frankly, we’re already excited to see what happens to them post-busting. Also, Cecily Strong? Chris Hemsworth as a receptionist? Andy Garcia as the mayor? Amazing.
2. It’s got cameos from the original cast
Bill Murray. Dan Aykroyd. Ernie Hudson. Sigourney Weaver. Annie Potts. That’s, like, everyone from the original Ghostbusters (bar Harold Ramis, rest in peace). It also has Murray, Aykroyd, Hudson, Weaver and Potts’s support. What more could you want? This is like Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher coming back for The Force Awakens all over again. This reunion is kind of a big deal. To be fair, Ernie Hudson wasn’t that on board when the film started casting (he previously told the Telegraph that an all-female Ghostbusters “would be a bad idea”), but we’re guessing his involvement means he changed his mind. Maybe he read the script and was blown away. Maybe he just didn’t want to be the odd one out. Who knows?
3. It’s got an bitchin’ director
With feature films like Spy, The Heat and Bridesmaid (all of which starred Melissa McCarthy) under his comedy belt, as well as episodes of Arrested Development, Parks And Recreation and The Office, Paul Feig is more than qualified for the job. He also created Freaks And Geeks, just in cast the rest of his credentials weren’t enough to convince you. We’re confident he will bring the funny. That’s all we want: the film needs to be funny (and spooky and cool). Feig even has previous experience with the supernatural after playing Mr Pool on Sabrina The Teenage Witch from 1996 to 1997. He’s practically perfect in every way.
4. The early set pictures are marvellous
Did you get a look at the Ecto-1 and the brand new jumpsuits? Did you see Kate McKinnon’s yellow-tinted science specs, her one stripy sock and her paint-splattered dungarees? Did you see that photo of the cast and crew’s girl power? You did? Then why are you still being a grump about it all? And it’s not just pictures from the set. Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon and Jones donned their costumes to goof around with patients at a children’s hospital too. It was adorable. Everyone had a great time. If that doesn’t warm your heart you’re probably a ghost yourself.
5. More Ghostbusting
If you oppose more Ghostbusting then you oppose fun. That’s just how it works. Turn that frown upside down and join the rest of us in being ecstatic. Bustin’ makes us feel good.