Thursday, March 03, 2016

Watch the First Trailer For Ghostbusters!

From practically the moment Ghostbusters 2 hit theaters in 1989, there had been talk of a third film in the series. This went on for literally decades, with the stars never quite aligning (and Bill Murray famously reticent to return), until the death of original star Harold Ramis a few years ago, and the subsequent exit of original director Ivan Reitman, moved the project out of the "sequel" column into the "remake" category.

While the new film isn't beholden to the continuity established by the other two, it's fully benefiting from their iconography nonetheless. Directed by Bridesmaids' Paul Feig, the 2016 Ghostbusters stars comedy all-stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as the titular team, and this first look gives a pretty good sense of what to expect tonally and technologically from the high-stakes picture from Sony.

As a pretty big fan of the extant franchise, what we see so far with this one ain't bad. On a gut level, I'd have really preferred this new take to exist within the same world of the other films -- I'm just not sure we need to see another Ghostbusters origin considering we've already gotten the best possible version of that story -- but this still looks promising enough that I'm willing to wait and see. Look for the new Ghostbusters in theaters this summer.

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