According to Vulture, in the new Ghostbusters movie humans know nothing about ghosts in this world because they haven’t made their presence known yet. It’s when the movie’s villain (a convicted murderer who could possibly be played by Peter Dinklage) is turned into a ghost after his electric chair execution is hit by what they call “a supercharged electrical storm” that things change because he gains the ability to raise an army of ghosts, many of whom could be well-known historical “villains”.
This leads to “four very different women” coming together to “figure out in funny, scary and action-packed ways how to save New York City and the world.” These Ghostbusters will work for the US government, but because ghosts don’t “officially” exist, the government will deny having a relationship with these ladies, going so far as to say, “terrible things about them in press conferences and then apologizing to them behind the scenes.”
The fact that the Ghostbusters could work for the US government could be an interesting concept, although I believe it loses its charm. You might as well be calling it a different movie altogether. The concept sounds like it has already been done, it reminds me of Men in Black or R.I.P.D. So let me get this straight, the Ghostbusters will be a top secret government run black ops ghost hunting team? I think I liked it when they were just a bunch of misfit parapsychologists that started up their own ghost hunting company. The beauty of the original is that they were civil servants who were pretty much glorified exterminators. That’s what I liked about the original films, they were their own entity or company- we know how they felt about government and especially politicians. Perhaps the ladies in the new movie will have their own ghost hunting company and are backed by the government? Who knows – i’m just throwing out ideas.
My only worry is that the all female cast is just a gimmick to draw in more money. Hopefully Feig will make these characters interesting and dynamic enough. I really want it to succeed, but I want something original – not bridesmaids with proton packs. Ghostbusters was lighting in a bottle, it was amazing that it worked for its time. Call me a traditionalist, but I don’t think they will be able to capture that same energy that Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson had. I’m willing to give the new Ghostbusters a shot with cautious optimism. What are your thoughts about the new Ghostbusters movie?