I was a tad bit underwhelmed by the first trailer for Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters reboot. I really, really wanted to like it more, as I’m a fan of nearly everybody involved in this project and can certainly see the comedic potential, but that first preview was more GhostMEHsters than Ghostbusters, as Nick so eloquently put it in our staff chat.
Luckily a new and improved international trailer – this time with a whole lot more of Chris Hemsworth’s secretary Kevin – has just dropped, and while it’s still not quite as good as what I was hoping for, it is a huge ecto-step in the right direction. Check it out below.
So what do you guys think? Better or worse? And did you catch that the scene right at the end in Times Square actually changes for a split second, showing ads for Taxi Driver and Boris Karloff’s Snake People? Is there some kind of time-travel aspect to the story that we haven’t even known about until now?
Those movies came out in 1975, which is of course 9 years before the events of the original Ghostbusters movie. Now we have been told previously that this new movie is a complete reboot, and not related to the original in any way, but the way that last week’s trailer opened – by referencing the original movie – had a lot of people confused about that point. So what if Feig and co are actually using some wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey plot points to somehow link up the two films? Maybe that’s how the original Ghostbusters cast are getting their reported cameos? Hmmmm….
As intriguing as this all is though – and as improved as I think the international version is – the best Ghostbusters trailer I’ve seen so far though is still the one below, which is actually a fan-edited version of the first trailer, just cut up to be a whole lot snappier. To paraphrase the Ghostbuster’s catchphrase: Who Sony needs to call is the person who made this and damned well put them on their marketing team ASAP!
Meanwhile Feig has been chatting to Empire about the original trailer, and shared a few nuggets about the film. Specifically, that fans should expect to see all their favourite Ghostbustery things in this reboot as well.
“It was very important to [co-writer] Katie Dippold and I to have all the most iconic things from the original films in. The first thing Katie said was, as a fan of the film there are some things I’d be bummed and pissed if they weren’t a part of the movie. Right at the top of the movie is Ecto-1. At the same time, we want to make it our own. I have a love of that 70s and 80s big boat car, that period when they were very angular. I’m from Detroit, so it was a Cadillac. It’s a cool look, it’s reminiscent of the original one but it gives it its own feel.”
“[And] you can’t make ‘Ghostbusters’ and not have Slimer in there!… the thing with Slimer is we had a fully articulated Slimer puppet we used, and then we augmented him with special effects. He’ll be making some appearances when we’re promoting the movie, I hope.”
Feig also spoke about Hemsworth’s character, saying that the Thor star will be more than just gender-swapped gag in the film.
“He’s not just a pretty face. By the end of the movie, there’s quite a bit that Kevin does.”
And speaking of actors in unexpected roles, it may have taken several people by surprise (including me) just how subdued Melissa McCarthy appears in this film. I was certainly expecting a whole lot more wackiness, given the crazy filmography shared between Feig and McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy).
That’s because McCarthy was originally up for the much louder role of Patty Tolan, the street smart subway worker who gets dragged into this supernatural mess. However, McCarthy was bumped over to play scientist Abby Yates instead when actress/comedian Leslie Jones joined the production as Feig and co thought Patty would be a better fit for her.
“When Katie and I wrote the script, we had written the role with Melissa in mind, but then I thought I’ve seen Melissa play a brash, larger than life character. She’s done it in my movies before!”
“I don’t normally like comedy that’s big and loud, but [Jones] is able to pull that off in a way that feels real and it’s her. And when I make a movie, I want to find the funniest people I know and once I know what’s the funniest thing about them I want that to be the thing that I put on screen and let shine. This is the role that Leslie can shine comedically in. If you’ve ever seen her do stand-up, it’s just who she is. I wanted to unleash Leslie on the public in the same way we unleashed Melissa on the public in ‘Bridesmaids,’ with a very showy role.”
That actually makes sense. Until I got to the part about Feig not liking comedy that’s big and loud. Has he never seen one of his own movies?!
Ghostbusters also stars Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Charles Dance, Michael Kenneth Williams and Elizabeth Perkins. It is scheduled for release on July 15, 2016.
Last Updated: March 10, 2016