Because all you bad men have a hard time accepting strong women, Paul Feig’s girl-powered 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters failed at the box office and Sony was forced to go back to the drawing board and reboot it a second time.
Fan backlash to the film seemed to make an impression on the studio, so they brought in Jason Reitman, son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, to write and direct the reboot. He directed acclaimed films Juno and Up In The Air, so things seemed to be to going on the right path.
Last week the film’s title was officially announced, Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
This morning, Sony released the trailer.
Clearly, they still do not seem to understand what fans of the franchise want or what made the original 80’s films successful.
Instead of sticking to the idea of making a high concept comedy with a lot of laughs, they chose to bring back the franchise as what seems more like a coming of age summer drama that’s more interested in being ironic than funny.
This is about as far from what you expect a Ghostbusters movie to be as possible. The 2016 version was probably more faithful to the franchise than this.
The characters seem to live in a world where they never heard of the Ghostbusters before because, in the age of the internet, a 20-story tall marshmallow trying to destroy the biggest city in the world is an event that would be quickly lost in time.
All people want to see is the original cast members back and doing their thing and maybe pass the torch to a new generation, instead we get a bunch of kids who are probably a lot smarter than all the adults around them.
Ghostbusters:Afterlife will probably disappoint fans again when it hits theaters summer 2020.