2016’s Ghostbusters remake was met with nothing short of pure hatred. The first trailer drop broke records as the most hated thing on YouTube ever and it’s safe to say that things got a little out of hand. Now I get that there is a lot of love for Ghostbusters (1984). I share that love. I was a wee 9-year-old when I sat down in a cinema with a bag of popcorn that was bigger than my head and feast my young eyes on a movie that, it’s not an exaggeration to say, changed my life. I fucking love Ghostbusters. I've seen it more times than I can count. I quote it endlessly and I have fond memories of the summer after seeing it for the first time, where me and my friends would build proton packs out of empty cereal boxes and then spend the rest of the day arguing over who got to be Venkman,
That being said, the all-female remake really didn’t bum me out all that much. I took it for what it was and had a pretty good time with it. What this new culture of toxic fandom seems to forget is that no matter how hard a remake or sequel sucks, it can never take away what the original is or what it meant to you as a kid, or even now as an adult.
The backlash got pretty brutal and sadly exposed many people as vicious misogynists with a poisonous, deeply unpleasant character. In the case of Leslie Jones, things got so out of hand that racists forced her off of twitter. What a proud day for geeks everywhere that truly was.
Anyway, fans have waited with bated breath since it was first announced that Jason Reitman, son of original director Ivan Reitman had written and was to direct an official Ghostbusters 3. Since then it has come to light that all the original cast, (except sadly Harold Ramis who passed away, and nobody is really sure about Rick Moranis,) Would be returning. And finally, after what feels like forever, we get a look at the first trailer, and ‘Oh my’ how my excitement juices are churning.
Now, the trailer doesn’t give away too much and none of the original cast features, even though it’s not a secret that they are returning, although in what capacity, remains to be seen. The trailer is dominated instead by Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard and what would appear to be Egon Spengler’s grandkid.
Gone is the Manhattan setting of the original, in favour of a middle America, farm setting. The trailer isn’t giving away much at all.
Anyway, Ghostbusters Afterlife is expected July 2020 and you can catch the trailer for yourself below.
Oh, and if the sound of Ecto-1's siren doesn't give you goosebumps, you are dead inside my friends.