It seems like an eternity that we've been tossing back and forth the idea of a new Ghostbusters movie. Some are violently opposed to a continuation or a reboot while others were pinning to see our favorite bunch of misfits save New York City from the delightfully sticky dead. Then it happened. Sony Pictures and Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) grabbed the reigns and threw us a reboot curveball: The four proton-wielding, supernatural busting, hooligans who ain't afraid of no ghosts, would be women. Now, with filming underway, plenty of slimy paranormal tidbits are leaking our way and rounding out a look at this hopefully hilarious rendition.
The comedic-horror reboot is led by Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, which means we're in store for a new brand of weird. The film, designed to be a stand-alone franchise accented with subtle homages to the original, leaves the door open to a potential future Ghostbusters Cinematic Universe, but for now, this is where we're headed.
When filming began in June, the Boston Herald revealed new plot details and the first look at the storyline we can expect:
"Wiig and McCarthy play a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. Flash forward a few years and Wiig lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia U. (Like the original, the story takes place in New York City, even though it's being shot in Boston.) Which is pretty sweet, until her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. Wiig reunites with McCarthy and the other two proton pack-packing phantom wranglers, and she gets some sweet revenge when ghosts invade Manhattan and she and her team have to save the world."
But who you gonna call? The role of the monotone, hopeless romantic secretary Janine will be a tough set of pumps to fill. When it was announced via Twitter who would be reprising the role, originally played by Annie Potts, the internet ectoplasmed their pants. Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, would be putting the man into manning the phones at the Ghostbusters' headquarters. We're excited to see what sort of awkward comedic-spin the actor puts on this character, and whether the level of walk-ins will skyrocket for the ladies.
Director Paul Feig has been hands on with the fans and took to Twitter to reveal first looks on the set as well as tips for cosplayers:
He quickly followed up his uniform reveal with the most important piece of equipment in the story, the Proton Pack. Not only did he give us a look into the ghost demolishing weapon of choice, he also gave cosplayers a heads up on the technical details of what’s strapped to their backs for Comic Con.
Little has been mentioned about the supporting cast until now. On July 6th, five new cast members were announced, including Andy Garcia (Godfathers III) as the Mayor of New York City. Additionally, Cecily Strong (SNL), Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire), and news anchor Pat Kiernan will make appearances. There's no word on whether we'll have an entity of Gozer-like proportions, but we do have our leading villain. Saturday Night Live writer and comedian Neil Casey has been cast as the movie’s antagonist. All I want to say is, for the love of all things supernatural, please, someone bring the graham crackers and chocolate to the party this time. Everyone loves S'mores.
But what about the original Ghostbusting heroes? While there are some reports that both Dan Ackroyd and Bill Murray will have cameos in the upcoming comedy, they are unconfirmed. Co-creator and co-star Ackroyd did give his seal of approval on the flick though, telling SPINOFF Online, "Oh, man, it's funny. It's intelligent. It hits the right notes, and I'm really excited about it."
Ghostbusters is currently filming in Boston so you can bet your haunted ass were in store for a lot more teasers, set photos, and potential plot spoilers. If that's the sort of thing you're into, you should follow Paul Feig on Twitter.
And for those who think women can't bust ghosts, get over yourselves, it’s happening. Ghostbusters opens in U.S. theaters on July 22, 2016.