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Question of the Week RESULTS: Thoughts on a Female Ghostbusters Reboot

Would the community want to see a reboot featuring a female team? The votes are in and here's what they have to say about it!

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When it comes to the possible new Ghostbusters movie, nothing is confirmed yet but that of course won't stop news and rumors about it from winding up on the internet. We've heard everything from potential actors who could play as a new and younger Ghostbusters team to the film being a total reboot. It just so happens that the latest bit of news about the possible movie is also the most interesting. According to Variety, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is being "courted" to helm and produce a Ghostbusters reboot that would feature a female team! Now, it's unclear whether the team would be all female or just mostly female, and again, these are just early talks. Nothing is set in stone yet (as far as we know), but we thought this potential film was worth discussing. So, we reached out to you, the Comic Vine community, to get your thoughts on this idea. Were a majority of the voters cool with the premise or was it off-putting to them? Check out the results below.

  • Why change it? If it ain't broke, don't fix it. 41%
  • I'm not sure yet. I need to wait and see who's cast. 34%
  • Sounds interesting. It's definitely on my radar. 25%

Ouch. Even if these new characters have personalities that are similar to the classic roster, it looks like many voters just aren't cool with the idea. Quite a few expressed very negative thoughts about the franchise getting a reboot in general, regardless of who's on the roster. It is worth adding that this idea isn't a completely new concept, either. In the IDW Publishing series (which you really should check out), a new team took to the streets as the old one was, well, let's just say "elsewhere."

The community has been voicing their opinions about this potential movie since Tuesday, so let's see what a few of them had to say about it!

The_Tree

"My ideal reboot of Ghostbusters would be if they formed a new story around the film's original concept: A humorous movie about blue collar people busting ghosts in New York. Preferably in a similar vein to the new Jump Street movies.

Just give me a new story with different characters. I don't care if some of these characters on the team are women, but I don't want it to be entirely women, since that really does strike me as gimmicky.

Overall, I can't really say I'm a fan of the idea. It would take a lot to win me over, especially with Paul Feig. Bridesmaids was fine, but The Heat was terrible.

My biggest fear is that they cast Melissa McCarthy, and she goes around doing her usual Melissa McCarthy-isms as she busts ghosts."

ZZoMBiE13

"As with everything, it depends on who is involved. I honestly don't care as long as it's a strong story and it makes sense to the narrative. Bill Murray was the anchor though. I know it was mostly Aykroyd's story and writing inspired by his fascination with the occult and all that, but Murray made the jokes and the jokes are what made the movie a hit. The jokes and the fantastic special effects which were top of the line in their day.

That's the real question. Is there an actor today, regardless of gender, race, sexuality or whatever other metric you want to judge by, who can live up to the legacy of Bill Murray? That's a hurdle they'll have to pass. I don't want the dark and gritty reboot of Ghostbusters. I don't want some cheesecake actress who can't read a line of dialog to save her life but she is clearly hired on looks alone. That ain't gonna fly if this is a reboot and they're supposed to be scientists.

With the right set of smart actors, or at least actors who can play smart, and the right script/story this could be great. But I'll remain cautious until I have reason not to be."

FearTheLiving

"Like I've been saying they put love and care into it and it's a passing of the torch movie or even another branch of Ghostbusters I'll be fine with it. I know a lot of people are against it, but I happened to love Extreme Ghostbusters so if we can get new awesome characters dealing with the job I'm all for it.

I will say I don't want to see the Bridesmaid actresses in there though."

SuperXAsh

"Makes some level of sense to go with a different gender for the group in this reboot. You're not gonna be able to compete with the original crew dynamic, and no matter who you bring into it, (regardless of talent) they'll have the spectre of the original Ghostbusters hovering over them. So it makes some level of sense to go with an all-female group of Busters to start anew.

My only concern is, regardless of how they approach this, the type of comedies that got made in the 80's are vastly different from the types that get made today. I'm just worried that they're gonna dumb this WAY down and add in way too much 'slapstick' and forget that Ghostbusters is also meant to be spooky as well as funny."

RazzaTazz

"Part of what made the original work, is that the roles fit the respective comedians (sorry Ernie Hudson). I think that it would be the same case, not to force gender equality for the sake of equality, but to make the characters fit the actors. Kristen Wiig would be pretty cool as well, but then so would a lot of people. A Ghostbusters reunion with Rose Byrne as well?

The fact of the matter is though, that there is no need for a Ghostbuster to be a male, as really anyone can be interested in the paranormal."

Jokercell

"I have read the New Ghostbusters run since it started a year and a half ago. My favorite issues in the series is when the New Ghostbusters were the focal point of the story telling. Once they started to mix the New with the Old the series started to lose its luster. I'd be interested to see what an all female lineup would be like."

Even if you missed out on voting (it's okay, we forgive you), feel free to continue the conversation below! If they do move forward with this, which actresses would YOU like to see in the movie? Go on, jump into the comments section and tell the world how you feel about it.

Check the homepage next Tuesday for an all-new Question of the Week!

19 Comments
Posted by NukeA6

Missed this poll but these are my thoughts: This gender thing is getting really stupid. It's fine if there was a female member but to hijack something male just for "female empowerment" is just disrespectful.

Posted by StMichalofWilson

@nukea6 said:

Missed this poll but these are my thoughts: This gender thing is getting really stupid. It's fine if there was a female member but to hijack something male just for "female empowerment" is just disrespectful.

Posted by longbowhunter

Either way I have no interest in a Ghostbusters reboot.

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Posted by NightFang

@nukea6 said:

Missed this poll but these are my thoughts: This gender thing is getting really stupid. It's fine if there was a female member but to hijack something male just for "female empowerment" is just disrespectful.

That's a really silly argument.

Posted by IDontLikeBirds

I missed the poll also, but personally I wouldn't mind as long as it wasn't a hard reboot. I want to keep the continuity of the original series, but they can start over with a new team, and I'd be fine with it being all women. The first movie I saw in theaters was even Ghostbusters (I was about 5 or 6), so this does have some sentimental value to me. I wouldn't mind if they kept someone from the original as a mentor, or the new team is trying to save the old team, etc.

Posted by NukeA6

@nukea6 said:

Missed this poll but these are my thoughts: This gender thing is getting really stupid. It's fine if there was a female member but to hijack something male just for "female empowerment" is just disrespectful.

That's a really silly argument.

Really? With all the butchering of old franchises and the feminism flourishing (EA even hired Anita Sarkeesian for Mirror's Edge 2), I really shouldn't have to explain it to you.

Posted by FearTheLiving

Made it into the article. I'm honored.

Edited by AmazingWebHead

I can't be the only one who would love to see a "Ghostbusters Academy" movie. Unlike when the Avengers did it, it could actually work.

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

@nukea6 said:

Missed this poll but these are my thoughts: This gender thing is getting really stupid. It's fine if there was a female member but to hijack something male just for "female empowerment" is just disrespectful.

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Posted by BKole

I'd be more than happy for the Ghostbusters third film to be an all-female cast. It isn't disrespectful to the source material, because, contrary to internet peoples beliefs, women aren't trying to take over the world with feminism. Having a female cast will mean one thing. There will be lots of women in the film. Frankly, the level of understanding of what feminism is from internet men who get their knickers in a twist because of women screams of two things; immaturity and fear.

It's a hypothetical question, it's not saying the original ghost busters were crap because they were men. It's not saying women do it better. It's saying "This would be a film about four guys in their mid to late 70s fighting ghosts. Why don't we do it with the younger generation?" The fact that it is four women is immaterial. There'd be no argument if it was four dudes because the original Ghostbusters was four dudes and it doesn't challenge a very small, narrow and frankly, wrong world view.

To Sum;

It isn't disrespectful, and if you understood what feminism is then you wouldn't think having four women dress up and fire proton beams at ghosts is feminism trying to take over your little geek island.

It would be fun, cool, and probably more than a little bit fatal for the franchise as most people would be majorly butthurt over it all.

So, it gets my vote, just because it pisses off internet morons.

Posted by NukeA6

@bkole said:

I'd be more than happy for the Ghostbusters third film to be an all-female cast. It isn't disrespectful to the source material, because, contrary to internet peoples beliefs, women aren't trying to take over the world with feminism. Having a female cast will mean one thing. There will be lots of women in the film. Frankly, the level of understanding of what feminism is from internet men who get their knickers in a twist because of women screams of two things; immaturity and fear.

It's a hypothetical question, it's not saying the original ghost busters were crap because they were men. It's not saying women do it better. It's saying "This would be a film about four guys in their mid to late 70s fighting ghosts. Why don't we do it with the younger generation?" The fact that it is four women is immaterial. There'd be no argument if it was four dudes because the original Ghostbusters was four dudes and it doesn't challenge a very small, narrow and frankly, wrong world view.

To Sum;

It isn't disrespectful, and if you understood what feminism is then you wouldn't think having four women dress up and fire proton beams at ghosts is feminism trying to take over your little geek island.

It would be fun, cool, and probably more than a little bit fatal for the franchise as most people would be majorly butthurt over it all.

So, it gets my vote, just because it pisses off internet morons.

Feminism isn't trying to take over the world? Is that why the so-called "good feminist" do nothing when the feminazis promote their sexist BS? Is that why a con artist like Anita Sarkeesian is claiming videogames are sexist based on cherry-picking and bold faced lies and then all of sudden gets hired by Electronic Arts? Is that why they made Finch think twice of the writing for Wonder Woman despite her being invented by a man with no feminist agenda intended? Is that why they're so focused in their first world "problems" rather than actual third-world oppression? Is that why men have virtually no rights when it comes to divorce? Is that why females can easily frame innocent males for rape? Is that why men can't defend their self against any woman even if there is danger involved? Is that why Sweden is currently a hellhole at the moment? I can keep going on and on but it will never get past your ignorance.

Before you go and claim anybody to be a moron, make sure you get your facts straight instead of pretending an entire gender is nothing but angels. Oh and before you accuse of being sexist, I did say I had no problem with there being a female member but I know someone is gonna find a way to accuse me of one anyway.

Posted by Netshyster

@bkole said:

I'd be more than happy for the Ghostbusters third film to be an all-female cast. It isn't disrespectful to the source material, because, contrary to internet peoples beliefs, women aren't trying to take over the world with feminism. Having a female cast will mean one thing. There will be lots of women in the film. Frankly, the level of understanding of what feminism is from internet men who get their knickers in a twist because of women screams of two things; immaturity and fear.

It's a hypothetical question, it's not saying the original ghost busters were crap because they were men. It's not saying women do it better. It's saying "This would be a film about four guys in their mid to late 70s fighting ghosts. Why don't we do it with the younger generation?" The fact that it is four women is immaterial. There'd be no argument if it was four dudes because the original Ghostbusters was four dudes and it doesn't challenge a very small, narrow and frankly, wrong world view.

To Sum;

It isn't disrespectful, and if you understood what feminism is then you wouldn't think having four women dress up and fire proton beams at ghosts is feminism trying to take over your little geek island.

It would be fun, cool, and probably more than a little bit fatal for the franchise as most people would be majorly butthurt over it all.

So, it gets my vote, just because it pisses off internet morons.

"women aren't trying to take over the world?" Well you could have fooled me!

So far Feminism is only proving itself to be an emotionally manipulative, hypocritical and coercive ideology that is entirely dedicated to furthering the self-entitlement of women, over and at the expense of men.


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@nukea6 said:

Feminism isn't trying to take over the world? Is that why the so-called "good feminist" do nothing when the feminazis promote their sexist BS? blah blah blah


So far Feminism is only proving itself to be an emotionally manipulative, hypocritical and coercive ideology that is entirely dedicated to furthering the self-entitlement of women, over and at the expense of men.

guess where you fit into this.

Posted by NukeA6

@jumalonsurnud: Could you post a less boring pic? I stopped reading it halfway through.

Edited by jumalonsurnud

@nukea6

it's okay, i didn't expect you to get it anyway.

Posted by Golden Cod

@jumalonsurnud:

That graphic makes me smile because it's oh so true.

Posted by Mrparkerjensen

If it was like the old ghost buster team hands the mantle down to the girl team okay. But if it is just the original film redone but have that cast be girls instead, hmmm I don't know.

Posted by Netshyster

@nukea6 said:

Feminism isn't trying to take over the world? Is that why the so-called "good feminist" do nothing when the feminazis promote their sexist BS? blah blah blah

@netshyster said:


So far Feminism is only proving itself to be an emotionally manipulative, hypocritical and coercive ideology that is entirely dedicated to furthering the self-entitlement of women, over and at the expense of men.

guess where you fit into this.

How interesting. Too bad you have nothing actually constructive to say though isn't it?