Ghostbusters. All you need to do is say that one word and all of a sudden we have an argument of Congress-like proportion that gets stirred up. To many people, Ghostbusters is a huge part of their identity, and in many ways, that’s likely why there was such a big hooplah over the 2016 reboot that saw four women at the lead.
As of this writing, fans remain unconvinced that Ghostbusters 3 could help remedy the situation. This seems to be at least in part due to the rumblings we heard about the main cast, which point to a band of young teen leads instead of a group of adults, which has been commonplace for the franchise. However, speaking on the Monday Morning podcast, director Jason Reitman assured fans that this would be a movie for the fans:
“We are in every way trying to go back to original technique and hand the movie back to the fans.”
He then went on to make a somewhat controversial statement that they were “not making the Juno of Ghostbusters movies.” This was a comment that came across as slightly sexist to some, and seemed like a jab at the female-driven 2016 film from Paul Feig:
“Wo, that came out wrong! I have nothing but admiration for Paul and Leslie and Kate and Melissa and Kristen and the bravery with which they made Ghostbusters 2016. They expanded the universe and made an amazing movie!”
While it’s currently unclear what he originally meant by his statement, I’m not sure it’s a slight against that film. I think what he ultimately meant was that it’s not going to be a film that is wildly out of genre from the original. Regardless, the dude has turned some heads here, and I can only hope that he manages to make the film that somehow makes the fanbase happy.