Published in Catalogue, 2015
It’s likely that by now you have heard about the project promising to revamp the cult classic Ghostbusters franchise with an all-female cast, due for release in July of 2016. Directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy), the gender flipped version of the concept will act as a third instalment in the Ghostbusters series and the actors signed on for the film include Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. Chris Hemsworth has even landed a role as the Ghostbusters’ receptionist.
From the announcement of its inception, the idea has reaped an extraordinary amount of attention, including both appraisal from those who perceive it as a rare moment of gender equality progress in Hollywood and derision from those that don’t particularly wish to witness the painful execution of a childhood favourite.
While I applaud the notion of women leading an iconic, classically subversive Paul Feig comedy whilst maintaining an authentic representation of the female experience, this project really bothers me.