– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Few films have received such blatant hate and genuine anger from fans than the upcoming GHOSTBUSTERS films. A few underwhelming trailers have made their way onto the internet, and since then, the hate for the reboot only seems to have escalated. 

Whether or not all this actually means the film is bad is up in the air, but in a recent Facebook post from Dan Aykroyd, co-writer and co-star of the original 1984 classic, praised the film. Check out the quote below.

“As originator of the original: Saw test screening of new movie. Apart from brilliant, genuine performances from the cast both female and male, it has more laughs and more scares than the first 2 films plus Bill Murray is in it! As one of millions of man-fans and Ray Stantz, I’m paying to see that and bringing all my friends!”

Of course, we’d all love this to be 100% genuine. While there are plenty of folks out there hoping for this reboot to fail just for the sake of it failing, all real fans are genuinely hoping for GHOSTBUSTERS to be a great film. While this may not be the sequel fans have been wanting to see, it does carry the same DNA of the original, and as such, we’d be fools to wish for its failure.

But it’s always difficult to accept comments like this. While I’d love to believe this, one can’t help but feel that this stinks of PR. It’s the logical thing for Sony to push for. After the backlash of previously-released trailers, it seems to be the best course of action from the studio. Also, considering that it was revealed in the Sony Leaks that they’d considered going forward with “‘aggressive’ litigation counsel” against Bill Murray for not “playing ball” for GHOSTBUSTERS, it doesn’t seem illogical that they’d pull something similar for Aykroyd. But that’s all speculation from an overly-cynical writer on studio politics.

I, more than anyone, hope that this is a genuine response from one of the film’s creators, and if it is, us fans may be in for one heck of a surprise when the movie hits theaters on July 15. Unlike many fans, I’ve very much enjoyed director Paul Feig’s work, despite the difference in comedic style from the original GHOSTBUSTERS film, and because of his track record, I have faith that this reboot will be a great time in the theaters.

What do you think? Do you buy Aykroyd’s comments? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Dan Aykroyd

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.