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Director Jason Reitman revealed on Tuesday that he was called to direct and co-write an upcoming new Ghostbusters movie that follows the original 1984 film directed by his own father, Ivan Reitman, Entertainment Weekly reports. “Finally got the keys to the car,” Jason tweeted.
But before you can say “who ya gonna call?” the backlash percolated online.
— Jason Reitman (@JasonReitman) January 16, 2019
In a few months, Sony Pictures plans to begin shooting the film slated for a summer 2020 release, with the older Reitman as producer this time.
“This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day,” Jason told EW. “We have a lot of wonderful surprises and new characters for the audience to meet,” he continued.
It’s too early to tell who’s part of the cast, who will be the new characters, and what the plot will be about. However, it’s also highly unlikely the original actors like Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson will star.
Meanwhile, Jason has reportedly “begun testing teenagers for four mystery roles,” according to sources, says Variety. Sources cited by the Hollywood Reporter even went so far as to say he’s looking to cast two boys and two girls. The project was supposedly so covert, the studio even used fake title “Rust City” to “keep the news under wraps until plans were ready to be unveiled,” Variety adds.
One thing’s for sure, according to EW: It won’t be related to Sony Pictures’ 2016 all-female Ghostbusters reboot directed by Paul Feig, and which starred Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig, and Melissa McCarthy.
Even with very little information about the new installment in the famous franchise, already, Tuesday’s announcement of a Ghostbusters “sequel” did not sit well with users on Twitter for different reasons.
For starters, a lot of people are disappointed the all-female reboot is not slated for a sequel.
As good a time as any to admit I really liked the GHOSTBUSTERS reboot, and am sad we’ll never get a sequel. pic.twitter.com/uZvOHDSZJs
— Chris Evangelista (@cevangelista413) January 16, 2019
I don't care about a new Ghostbusters film if it doesn't have Holtzmann in it. pic.twitter.com/jMLtQCJBww
— Porgy McPorgface (@Ian_E_Smith) January 16, 2019
— Ally Ally Oxen Free (@AllyMalinenko) January 16, 2019
What upsets some is how it appears that Ghostbusters’ producers are pandering to people (read: sexist males and other haters) who didn’t want the all-female reboot in the first place, and who will then consider this “winning”:
I’m totally fine with there being a new Ghostbusters movie set in the original universe – I just hate that the worst people will take credit for “winning” because they were so against the idea of female Ghostbusters. Sigh.
— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) January 16, 2019
wow I can’t believe they’re rebooting the ghostbusters movie with an all-male cast, what kind of pandering shit is this https://t.co/pHRkX9DkiM
— seven fursánias (@AdriOfTheDead) January 16, 2019
lol… an all male Ghostbusters cast? the sexists are back at it again
— ｅｍｉｌｙ 🐼 (@mystifiedkitten) January 16, 2019
use the 2016 ghostbusters you cowards https://t.co/6mvNS2FjVV
— 𝒽𝑜𝓁𝓁𝓎 (@hollyfuckngshit) January 16, 2019
I can’t believe the world is being saved by nepotism giving us another male ghostbusters movie it’s just what we need exactly what the frothing at the mouth sexist incels need rewarded with after the whinefest over the female reboot.
— 𝙉𝙞𝙠𝙠𝙞 🌻 (@ohnikkers) January 16, 2019
As to be expected, a lot are calling this reboot unnecessary, and even self-proclaimed fans of the entire Ghostbusters franchise are among them. As @gracerandolph tweets, “So what if it’s in the same ‘universe’?! If new #Ghostbusters doesn’t star #BillMurray #DanAkroyd #ErnieHudson #SigourneyWeaver … nobody cares.”
I say this as someone who grew up loving Ghostbusters, watching the cartoon, seeing the movie over and over and over again to a degree which is probably unhealthy but whatever: stop trying to make Ghostbusters happen.
— Zack Handlen (@zhandlen) January 16, 2019
So what if it’s in the same “universe”?! If new #Ghostbusters doesn’t star #BillMurray #DanAkroyd #ErnieHudson #SigourneyWeaver, (bonus points if u convince #RickMoranis) nobody cares. “Sony is testing teenagers for mystery roles”? I don’t want sons or daughters, dammit! Only OG! pic.twitter.com/mR0Z8NHQWK
— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) January 16, 2019
Boy, I can't wait for all the "I'm not sexist, I just hate unnecessary reboots!" people to get frothing-at-the-mouth angry at THIS unnecessary Ghostbusters reboot too.
Any second now.
— Tony Goldmark (@tonygoldmark) January 16, 2019
Ghostbusters was lightening in a bottle. I said it last time they tried this, I'll say it again – I don't see how they can make that magic happen again.
— Liz Finnegan (@TheGingerarchy) January 16, 2019
What if, and hold on, stay with me here because I know this is a hot take.
… What if we don't need another "Ghostbusters" film?
— B.J. Mendelson (@BJMendelson) January 16, 2019
Some users seem to be experiencing a relapse of “Ghostbusters remake fatigue”:
I'm furious we have to talk about ghostbusters again
— Katie Walsh (@katiewalshstx) January 16, 2019
Not. Another. Ghostbusters. Sequel. Please.
— Hughster #FBPE (@hughster) January 16, 2019
— Fatoch☉#PGWCaroJu (@Fatoch4) January 16, 2019
Amid the disgruntled tweets, some users are suggesting who should be in the new Ghostbusters instead (either in jest or sarcasm):
I’m also making a Ghostbusters movie set in a third universe between the first one and the reboot one and it’s the elderly stars from the original playing the main characters from the reboot and they’re in the worst drag you’ve ever seen in your life
— Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) January 16, 2019
So now there's gonna be another Ghostbusters with the boy cast. Hey why not combine the casts and share your toys?
— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) January 16, 2019
If you’re not doing an all-dog Ghostbusters don’t even talk to me, dogs are the original ghostbusters and we owe them some fucking respect for their labor
— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) January 16, 2019
Speaking of sarcasm, these users’ tweets are dripping with it:
So weird to think of the Ghostbusters as men. How do you even bust ghosts with a man's body and brain? We're "wired up differently". Seems like shameless pandering.
— John Allison (@badmachinery) January 16, 2019
A Ghostbusters movie with men?!?! Ugh. SJWs are ruining everything. https://t.co/TGLgACPOl7
— Greg (@waltisfrozen) January 16, 2019
"HA!!! Finally, the SJW Horde has been soundly defeated on the prospect of at least one Male Ghostbuster at some point in the next 3-4 years! Now, to celebrate by shaving the GHOSTBUSTERS logo into my chest hair with my trusty Gille- …NOOOOOOOOOO!"
— Bob Chipman #RehireJamesGunn (@the_moviebob) January 16, 2019
The only apparent good news this time around: At least the backlash to the latest installment isn’t as sexist.
As a Ghostbusters fan since childhood, I’ll leave this here: “The Ghostbusters universe is big enough to hold a lot of different stories,” Reitman told EW. I daresay truly devoted fans will watch any iteration of this classic.
Trixie Reyna-Benedicto is a lifestyle editor and writer based in the Philippines. Previously, she helmed Cosmopolitan Philippines’ website, Cosmo.ph, as its founding editor. She later served as editor-in-chief of lifestyle and entertainment portals for Manila-based media company TV5. Her work has appeared in several print and online publications in her country, and she contributes to Speed Magazine, DG Traveler, and Connected Women, among others. Visit her website, trixiereyna.com.