The long-awaited and much-anticipated trailer for the new Ghostbusters is finally here – and it does not disappoint.
The two-minute-and-thirty-second spot introduces us to the new faces of the Ghostbusters team: physicist Erin Gilber (Kirsten Wiig), paranormal researcher Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), engineer Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) and street-savvy subway token clerk Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones).
It starts with music and visuals fans of the 1980s series will find familiar – an image of Slimer, proton packs and Ecto 1 – then shifts to focus on the lives of the four smart, sassy and incredibly funny women who spend their time saving Manhattan from paranormal figures.
Though viewers will recognize some of the film’s elements, director Paul Feig has stressed this iteration of the movie is a reboot, not a sequel.
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“I’d be bummed if I didn’t see the Ecto-1 and all that stuff,” he told a crowd watching the trailer on Wednesday. “So we wanted to make sure we give those nods — but make them our own, and give them their own original origin story. When you see the movie, there will be a lot of things you’re happy to see, but they’re coming at you at a slightly different way.”
So far, response to the trailer is mixed.
and here it comes… “who ya gonna call?” I agree with @jeneuston it does look fantastic @paulfeig #ghostbusters3 https://t.co/iWj4ij6MxV
— AprellaGodfreyBarule (@1Aprella1) March 3, 2016
Wait until the guys who are angry about female ghostbusters find out that there are some ladies who have non-fictional jobs.
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) March 3, 2016
Okay. I’m into it. Let’s do this. https://t.co/cn8gMdGb9S
— Chuck Cotterman (@MrCott) March 3, 2016
I don’t understand. Are dudes afraid that female Ghostbusters would just spend the entire movie pouring coconut oil on the ghosts?
— Aabria Lipscomb (@quiddie) February 23, 2016
The Ghostbusters reboot shouldn’t have happened
— tanner (@itsRobbINS97) February 23, 2016
Fans have been advocating for a redo of the hit film franchise for well over a decade.
In 2015, Dan Aykroyd told Global News the third movie was delayed because the Hollywood studios hadn’t decided “whether they want to drop $150 million on [it] right now.” He added, “We hope that things get sorted out at the corporate level, all the way up and down the company, so that capital can be freed up for the artists to do their job.”
Aykroyd, along with Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis, starred in the first two flicks, which generated some $510 million in revenue.
Recently, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed he and Murray will make an appearance in this film.
The all-female Ghostbusters is set to hit theatres on July 15, 2016.