Six months ago, when I heard the rumor that the Ghostbusters might be coming back, I might have slimed myself. YES PLEASE. Silly, ridiculous, fun, adventurous humor is my favorite flavor and it was a treat to be able to grow up with not one, but TWO Ghostbusters movies.
This week, a new Keymaster revealed himself: Director Paul Feig (oh yes, the gentleman who brought us Bridesmaids and The Heat) announced on Twitter that he would be at the helm of a brand new Ghostbusters movie. He also shared the film will feature … wait for it … wait for it …
I don’t know about you, but when I hear “hilarious women” and think proton pack, I instantly imagine: MOMS. Truth be told I always assumed the inspiration for Ghostbusters had to have been some kickass mom who either told a fantastic campfire story or wrangled epic under-the-bed monsters.
We even have hints that Ghostbusters are probably moms if you pay attention to the theme song:
If there’s something strange in your neighborhood
Who you gonna call?
If there’s something weird and it don’t look good
Who you gonna call?
Because honestly, WHO WOULD YOU CALL? Your mama. Exactly.
During the summer my son became convinced there was a construction vehicle haunting us in the alleyway behind our house. He would wake up in the middle of the night certain this vehicle was hovering in wait for him. Never one to dismiss beliefs or dreams, we opted on the more practical method of child soothing: ghost eradication. My mother came up with a fantastic, and entirely plausible story about how the city had banished the vehicle and it was not allowed to roam our town’s streets anymore. This worked, effectively sending off my son’s Gozer-sized threat back from wherever it originated.
Isn’t this what mom’s have been doing since forever? We don’t just calm our kids down after nightmares, we also actively bust on some ghosts!
I think a lot of us can get excited about a film with so many female leads. Oddly some people have called this a marketing ploy or a gimmick. Paul had some things to say about that:
“For me it’s just more of a no-brainer. I just go, what would make me excited to do it? I go: four female Ghostbusters to me is really fun. I want to see that dynamic. I want to see that energy and that type of comedy and them going up against these ghosts and going up against human detractors and rivals and that kind of thing. When people accuse it of being a gimmick I go, why is a movie starring women considered a gimmick and a movie starring men is just a normal movie?”
Thank you, Paul. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Recent studies about women and the box office have proven that films that pass the Bechdel Test do better at the box office than movies that don’t. Women want to see movies with women! We will pay! Take my money!
This movie news means you will probably see a lot more Ghostbuster costumes at your door this Halloween. My hope is that next year the costume options for women have, uh, pants.
Bill Murray has already blabbed that his ideal cast for an all female Ghostbusters would feature Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Linda Cardellini, and Emma Stone. Who would you want to see?
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