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04.14.2015

GHOSTBUSTERS 3 eventually became an endeavor to deliver audiences an all-female GHOSTBUSTERS cast. The why of that, I couldn't tell you, but the backlash was strong enough to start developing ANOTHER Ghostbusters flick by Joe and Anthony Russo (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER) that will include a mixed cast, with the hopes of combining the two down the road. It seems apparent that this second Ghostbusters film materialized to appease those not happy with the concept of Feig's flick, and the director all but confirms this in a recent interview discussing his cast and the Channing Tatum-produced film that's on-deck.

Paul Feig on his GHOSTBUSTERS ensemble:

It’s an ensemble, but at the same you time you always want to have - you need the one person that brings you into the group [Kristen Wig], but Melissa [McCarthy] is sort of the leader of the group. Everybody will be equal. I just love a deep bench like this. Every one of those women is so strong and so funny and the hard thing is keeping all their stuff in the movie, because you don't want a three-hour long movie!

In regards to the Channing Tatum-produced Ghostbusters film:

That has nothing to do with us. That was a real surprise when that news came out. We’re just doing our thing, and I can’t let that affect me. I don’t even know how real it is. All I care about are my four ladies.

I'm all for equality in movies, as long as it's done in a way that makes sense and doesn't feel forced. With that said, I'm entirely indifferent towards Feig's flick, and more excited about the prospect of a Joe and Anthony Russo-helmed GHOSTBUSTERS with Tatum possibly in the cast. It was originally announced that the Russo's would shoot their GHOSTBUSTERS movie next summer, and despite their commitment to the INFINITY WARS movies, it looks like they'll have ample time to do it. Anyone want to make any guesses on which film will have the better action?

Paul Feig's GHOSTBUSTERS will hit theaters on July 22, 2016.

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1:49PM on 04/15/2015

Lol... McCarthy is the leader...

... Yeah!!! Didn't see that one coming :/

Of course she is the leader, he can't stop sucking her dick.
... Yeah!!! Didn't see that one coming :/

Of course she is the leader, he can't stop sucking her dick.
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8:08AM on 04/15/2015

Iffy on this

It will all depend how he directs it with the comedy and the horror. The originals were funny but quite scary at points. The part with the librarian looking all meek until she turns all evil looking bothered me when I was a kid. The thing I worry about is that it is going to just be all slapstick and not be scary at all. If he was smart, he would use as many practical effects as he can and cut down on the CGI. I don't think the CGI and the slapstick will mesh well together.
It will all depend how he directs it with the comedy and the horror. The originals were funny but quite scary at points. The part with the librarian looking all meek until she turns all evil looking bothered me when I was a kid. The thing I worry about is that it is going to just be all slapstick and not be scary at all. If he was smart, he would use as many practical effects as he can and cut down on the CGI. I don't think the CGI and the slapstick will mesh well together.
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10:49PM on 04/14/2015
crap, crap, crap!
crap, crap, crap!
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10:40PM on 04/14/2015
Feig opened the floodgates a couple of months back, I get it. Even the last article, no one read what he had to say because they couldn't get past what he said the time before. And some people were just itching for a reason to hate this guy, since he was "messing with their childhoods" by injecting it with estrogen.

My thing is, more than anything, I want Ghostbusters to be a comedy. A spooky, action-packed comedy. OK, so the Russos worked on Community. Tatum did the Jump Street movies. But
Feig opened the floodgates a couple of months back, I get it. Even the last article, no one read what he had to say because they couldn't get past what he said the time before. And some people were just itching for a reason to hate this guy, since he was "messing with their childhoods" by injecting it with estrogen.

My thing is, more than anything, I want Ghostbusters to be a comedy. A spooky, action-packed comedy. OK, so the Russos worked on Community. Tatum did the Jump Street movies. But the guys movie doesn't sound like it's going for comedy first. And sure, there's room for a straight action Ghostbusters. I just am not interested in it.

In other news, Feig's "Other Space" just debuted on Yahoo! Originals, and I think it's pretty funny and worth a look.
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8:44PM on 04/15/2015
It's not messing with anyone's childhood. It's just a stupid idea.
It's not messing with anyone's childhood. It's just a stupid idea.
9:11PM on 04/14/2015

Will this guy go away already

I said it before and i'll say it again, fuck this guy! He just comes off as such a twat.
I said it before and i'll say it again, fuck this guy! He just comes off as such a twat.
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9:10PM on 04/14/2015
McCarthy is the leader? Did not see that coming at all (sarcasm) bring on the Channing Tatum version
McCarthy is the leader? Did not see that coming at all (sarcasm) bring on the Channing Tatum version
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8:13PM on 04/14/2015

I'm so sick of Feig

This guy farts and there's a hundred articles online about it!
This guy farts and there's a hundred articles online about it!
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7:25PM on 04/14/2015
Feig lost me at "but Melissa [McCarthy] is sort of the leader of the group". As for Tatum's Ghostbusters, I want to see Chris Evans alongside him and Pratt.
Feig lost me at "but Melissa [McCarthy] is sort of the leader of the group". As for Tatum's Ghostbusters, I want to see Chris Evans alongside him and Pratt.
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6:53PM on 04/14/2015

Who gives a shit?

That is all.
That is all.
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5:17PM on 04/14/2015
i'd rather watch Fantastic Four. There I said it....I know....Fantastic Four??? MADNESS!!!
i'd rather watch Fantastic Four. There I said it....I know....Fantastic Four??? MADNESS!!!
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6:12PM on 04/14/2015
That's really saying something! I actually might agree and I REALLY had to think about it.
That's really saying something! I actually might agree and I REALLY had to think about it.
4:53PM on 04/14/2015
I'm not going to bash this movie until I see something from it. I think a lot of people are overreacting to the movie and I really don't blame Fieg for dismissing the Internet audience because it's basically impossible to impress them. For the time being ill keep an open mind like I do most movies and hope it comes out great.
I'm not going to bash this movie until I see something from it. I think a lot of people are overreacting to the movie and I really don't blame Fieg for dismissing the Internet audience because it's basically impossible to impress them. For the time being ill keep an open mind like I do most movies and hope it comes out great.
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4:47PM on 04/14/2015
LOL at the knobs saying that if you don't want to see this you're a sexist. Haha shut the fuck up and have a beer and chill.
LOL at the knobs saying that if you don't want to see this you're a sexist. Haha shut the fuck up and have a beer and chill.
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4:42PM on 04/14/2015
Somebody needs to kick this guy's ass.
Somebody needs to kick this guy's ass.
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4:53PM on 04/14/2015
Why
Why
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4:18PM on 04/14/2015
As bad as this looks, I'm kind of glad they're not doing Ghostbusters 3. I don't think it's possible to make a Ghostbusters sequel that's as good as the original. I suspect all the scripts they came up with were just bad, which is why Bill Murray kept turning them down, and he was right to do so. The best we could've hoped for was another Ghostbusters 2, which isn't worth it. Still, Paul Feig is a one-trick pony (writing/directing female parts), and they shouldn't have altered the franchise
As bad as this looks, I'm kind of glad they're not doing Ghostbusters 3. I don't think it's possible to make a Ghostbusters sequel that's as good as the original. I suspect all the scripts they came up with were just bad, which is why Bill Murray kept turning them down, and he was right to do so. The best we could've hoped for was another Ghostbusters 2, which isn't worth it. Still, Paul Feig is a one-trick pony (writing/directing female parts), and they shouldn't have altered the franchise to accommodate the director's limitations. He isn't even very good at that one trick. The Channing Tatum one seems interesting, even if it's being done for the wrong reason (as a response to Feig's version). The Russos are great, but they're unproven when it comes to comedy (despite the occasional humor in Winter Soldier). I dunno. We might be surprised and one or both of these actually turns out all right, but I'm keeping my expectations low.
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3:49PM on 04/14/2015

A fuck..

I don't give.
I have no interest in a remake, a reboot, a musical comedy, a tv show, a cartoon, a play, a video game, a porn parody, a spoof, a gender flip version, a version where ghost bust humans, a crossover with the men In Black or 21 Jump Street.

I will no longer let my feelings of nostlagia used to sell me an inferior product.

#NOMOREREBOOTS
I don't give.
I have no interest in a remake, a reboot, a musical comedy, a tv show, a cartoon, a play, a video game, a porn parody, a spoof, a gender flip version, a version where ghost bust humans, a crossover with the men In Black or 21 Jump Street.

I will no longer let my feelings of nostlagia used to sell me an inferior product.

#NOMOREREBOOTS
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3:21PM on 04/14/2015

For fuck sake......

It's becoming a full on "Is it because I is black" thing with these female chauvinist pigs. Let's get this straight, you don't like the idea of a film because it sounds shite, you don't particularly like the director (he is male, doh) you don't like the casting which happens to be female and all of a sudden you are sexist? I would love to know what you are smoking.
Hey, guess what? I fucking detested Showgirls. Does that make me a fucking feminist?
Get over yourselves already. This is a
It's becoming a full on "Is it because I is black" thing with these female chauvinist pigs. Let's get this straight, you don't like the idea of a film because it sounds shite, you don't particularly like the director (he is male, doh) you don't like the casting which happens to be female and all of a sudden you are sexist? I would love to know what you are smoking.
Hey, guess what? I fucking detested Showgirls. Does that make me a fucking feminist?
Get over yourselves already. This is a marketing ploy that you have all fallen for, pure and simple. I would stereotypically reference dumb blondes but Reese Witherspoon turned that one around, right?
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3:18PM on 04/14/2015

Tatum's Squad

Tatum should play an ex-cop, similar to Will Smith character in the original MIB. Josh Gad should play the inventer of the tech, sort of a manic take on Egon. Paul Rudd is the cool scientist who befriends Tatum's cop character, bringing him into the fold. While Jay Pharoah plays a guy with a keen sense for the undead.
Already better than the chick cast...
Tatum should play an ex-cop, similar to Will Smith character in the original MIB. Josh Gad should play the inventer of the tech, sort of a manic take on Egon. Paul Rudd is the cool scientist who befriends Tatum's cop character, bringing him into the fold. While Jay Pharoah plays a guy with a keen sense for the undead.
Already better than the chick cast...
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2:39PM on 04/14/2015
My problem with a female ghostbusters is that all the jokes are about them being female. Thats the sexist part. Its like having an all black ghostbusters and saying people are racist for calling it a gimmick. And make things worse is this cast. Kate McKinnon is actually the only person in the cast i can see leading her own movie, although she still doesnt have the star power needed (she is excellent on SNL). McCarthy and Wiig are good supporting characters and so far havent liked anything
My problem with a female ghostbusters is that all the jokes are about them being female. Thats the sexist part. Its like having an all black ghostbusters and saying people are racist for calling it a gimmick. And make things worse is this cast. Kate McKinnon is actually the only person in the cast i can see leading her own movie, although she still doesnt have the star power needed (she is excellent on SNL). McCarthy and Wiig are good supporting characters and so far havent liked anything they've lead. Leslie Jones isn't that great either. So you add all this up with Paul Feig whose last movies have been the abismal "Spy", "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids", its its understandable why people are dismissing this film so early. Dont call me a sexist for demanding higher quality comedy. Women can be very funny and i have no problem with them taking the lead in a movie, but when that is the selling point, the only thing unique about this movie, then you have a problem.

And McCarthy as the lead is just daring people to call out this movie.
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4:43PM on 04/14/2015
How did hear all the jokes from this movie already?
How did hear all the jokes from this movie already?
5:04PM on 04/14/2015
Im going by what i've seen in Bridesmaids and The Heat.

The entire idea around Bridemaids is girls acting and talking like fratboys. Men acting immature is a novelty that easily runs thin, women doing it is even harder to do. When the selling point of you're movie is girls doing men stuff, i'd imagine most of the jokes will be of that kind
Im going by what i've seen in Bridesmaids and The Heat.

The entire idea around Bridemaids is girls acting and talking like fratboys. Men acting immature is a novelty that easily runs thin, women doing it is even harder to do. When the selling point of you're movie is girls doing men stuff, i'd imagine most of the jokes will be of that kind
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2:38PM on 04/14/2015
Feig has done one thing in his entire career that I actually fully enjoyed... And that was his role on Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Feig has done one thing in his entire career that I actually fully enjoyed... And that was his role on Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
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2:24PM on 04/14/2015

Feig can play the mysoginism/sexism card if he likes.

If it helps deflect the fact the he should not be anywhere near a Ghostbusters remake.
I have zero problem with a girl group, not sure why it is needed, but no problem.
Paul Feig rebooting Ghostbusters is like Len Wiseman rebooting The Godfather though. Get this fool away from this movie. I also think the fact that another film is planned shows how worried the right owners must be that he'll fuck it up and that another movie soon after might save any lost face.
If it helps deflect the fact the he should not be anywhere near a Ghostbusters remake.
I have zero problem with a girl group, not sure why it is needed, but no problem.
Paul Feig rebooting Ghostbusters is like Len Wiseman rebooting The Godfather though. Get this fool away from this movie. I also think the fact that another film is planned shows how worried the right owners must be that he'll fuck it up and that another movie soon after might save any lost face.
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6:15PM on 04/14/2015
That was an excellent analogy!!!
That was an excellent analogy!!!
2:17PM on 04/14/2015

All for both films :)

Somebody make CRAIG ROBINSON a Ghostbuster!
Somebody make CRAIG ROBINSON a Ghostbuster!
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2:02PM on 04/14/2015
I don't think any of this has sounded inspired; it's all felt very forced. All any Ghostbuster fan wanted was a Ghostbusters 3, when did that turn in to two reboots that lack any connection to what was great before? Either do it right or knock it off, but whatever they do this director needs to quit pretending we owe him anything for this news.
I don't think any of this has sounded inspired; it's all felt very forced. All any Ghostbuster fan wanted was a Ghostbusters 3, when did that turn in to two reboots that lack any connection to what was great before? Either do it right or knock it off, but whatever they do this director needs to quit pretending we owe him anything for this news.
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2:01PM on 04/14/2015
To everyone who has posted so far, it is possible to be in favor of equality and at the same time not look forward to a female lead movie. Let's be honest, the Channing Tatum GB movie was in response to the fans' back lack to an all female GB movie, which was a response to Bill Murray's throw-away suggestion in an interview during TIFF.

In general, I don't think anyone really knows what they're doing as far the Ghostbusters franchise is concerned. I for one don't see the necessity in an
To everyone who has posted so far, it is possible to be in favor of equality and at the same time not look forward to a female lead movie. Let's be honest, the Channing Tatum GB movie was in response to the fans' back lack to an all female GB movie, which was a response to Bill Murray's throw-away suggestion in an interview during TIFF.

In general, I don't think anyone really knows what they're doing as far the Ghostbusters franchise is concerned. I for one don't see the necessity in an "all-female Ghostbusters". No one has been able to present why it's a necessity over something like a mixed-sex cast where all characters are given ample screen time. And the all-female movie they're moving forward with sounds less like an actual Ghostbusters movie and more like a Paul Feig inspired Bridesmaid parody. Melissa McCarthy is going to be the star? Shocker!!
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1:40PM on 04/14/2015

Goodness

This site is sexist and it doesn't even know it. There's nothing inherently wrong with a female Ghostbusters, especially if directed by Paul Feig, who's given us plenty of good comedies. Ghostbusters isn't that sacred.
This site is sexist and it doesn't even know it. There's nothing inherently wrong with a female Ghostbusters, especially if directed by Paul Feig, who's given us plenty of good comedies. Ghostbusters isn't that sacred.
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2:08PM on 04/14/2015
You're right there is nothing wrong with a female Ghostbuster cast, but have you not heard who the female's casted are? Outside of Kristen Wig, this cast is dreadful!
You're right there is nothing wrong with a female Ghostbuster cast, but have you not heard who the female's casted are? Outside of Kristen Wig, this cast is dreadful!
2:13PM on 04/14/2015
The reason they're trying to make two movies about it now proves there is something special to Ghostbusters. Also that fans still wanted the sequel after 25 years says a lot. Quit pretending it's nothing special, if you don't like it fine; but the only reason they're talking about making two movies right now is because there's a market for it.
The reason they're trying to make two movies about it now proves there is something special to Ghostbusters. Also that fans still wanted the sequel after 25 years says a lot. Quit pretending it's nothing special, if you don't like it fine; but the only reason they're talking about making two movies right now is because there's a market for it.
8:56PM on 04/14/2015
I'm sure there are plenty of people against this all female cast for sexist reasons but there are also a lot who just aren't feeling the cast. Kristen Wiig, I'm for here. Hell, PLENTY of funny women out there that would be great IN A GB movie. The problem is that 3/4 main cast members are not interesting to me. That doesn't make me sexist nor anyone else. I'm not a Channing fan either, so that doesn't get me excited either. Is that somehow sexist too?
It isn;t about an "all female" cast being
I'm sure there are plenty of people against this all female cast for sexist reasons but there are also a lot who just aren't feeling the cast. Kristen Wiig, I'm for here. Hell, PLENTY of funny women out there that would be great IN A GB movie. The problem is that 3/4 main cast members are not interesting to me. That doesn't make me sexist nor anyone else. I'm not a Channing fan either, so that doesn't get me excited either. Is that somehow sexist too?
It isn;t about an "all female" cast being the issue of women not being good enough. the issue is ignoring the brickwork already laid out and not adding onto an existing world and gaining an uninteresting cast. When they talked about Emma Stone joining, I was hoping for that. Again, Kristen Wig, sure.
Thing is, you can diversify the entire world with GB franchise that the original cast left behind for future generations. This makes more sense than a reboot. Continue the stories with more than just a copy/paste. So much opportunity and to have the original cast mentor would be the icing fans would love.
As for "Ghostbusters isn't that sacred", read above. Obviously the fan base is there, so much so that 2 movies are being planned differently. So, love/hate the movies, don't ignore that Ghostbusters is still a classic cult hit.
1:39PM on 04/14/2015
No way this is coming out in July 2015 right?
No way this is coming out in July 2015 right?
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1:38PM on 04/14/2015
Of course McCarthy is the damn leader.
Of course McCarthy is the damn leader.
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1:36PM on 04/14/2015
I love how the author is way more excited for a theoretical Ghostbusters with Channing Tatum than a Ghostbusters that's actually happening with Paul Feig and 4 great actresses. But yeah you love equality!
I love how the author is way more excited for a theoretical Ghostbusters with Channing Tatum than a Ghostbusters that's actually happening with Paul Feig and 4 great actresses. But yeah you love equality!
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2:04PM on 04/14/2015
Someone's opinion on gender equality isn't decided by whether or not he likes Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig's movies.
Someone's opinion on gender equality isn't decided by whether or not he likes Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig's movies.
2:23PM on 04/14/2015
Obviously, but of course a fanboy is more psyched for a theoretical movie starring males than a real movie starring females. Shocker.
Obviously, but of course a fanboy is more psyched for a theoretical movie starring males than a real movie starring females. Shocker.
6:21PM on 04/14/2015
The Russo brothers over Paul Feig? Hell yes! That's not sexist, that's taste!!!
The Russo brothers over Paul Feig? Hell yes! That's not sexist, that's taste!!!
6:30PM on 04/14/2015
What dseal22 said. If you don't like Feig and McCarthy, of course you're not going to be excited about that and if you like Russo and Tatum, of course you're going to be more excited about it, even if it's still just a rumor.
What dseal22 said. If you don't like Feig and McCarthy, of course you're not going to be excited about that and if you like Russo and Tatum, of course you're going to be more excited about it, even if it's still just a rumor.
9:17PM on 04/14/2015
Did they change cast? Who are these four funny women you speak of?
Did they change cast? Who are these four funny women you speak of?
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