Ghostbusters Reboot: For The Audience Or For Marketing?

Posted on Feb 5 2015 - 6:06am by Expert-Zine
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It’s official. Ghostbusters reboot will hit the theaters worldwide in 2016 with an all-female cast.

Director Paul Feig announced via Twitter his picks for the four lead roles in the revamp of the famous supernatural comedy franchise of the 1980s. While many are happy about the announcement, some others think the reboot might be all about marketing and not about the audience.

The Classic Hit

Ghostbusters delighted many moviegoers when it showed in the 1980s. People loved the story and the way humor was inserted into the entire film. Those who grew up in the 80’s had developed that strong connection with the movie. There’s a particular feeling associated with these people when they first saw the giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man who planned to destroy New York. Paul Feig might have thought creating a new version of the classic hit is a great idea.

The Reboot

The modern version of Ghostbusters will star Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, and Melissa McCarthy. The other big news is that the film will debut on July 22, 2016. This date is also the current stomping grounds for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur. It’s possible that one of these two movies will make way for the others and flee for safer waters.

For the Audience or for Marketing?

While many are getting excited about the reboot of their favorite supernatural comedy classic, others think it will be created just for marketing purposes. Some people believe reboots are created not to delight or surprise the viewers, but to cash in on their nostalgia. They also believe that reboots are all about marketing and that creating a movie that spins off an old favorite will surely get people’s attention.

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Creating reboots isn’t new in the film industry; many directors have done it before. Some succeeded, while others failed. Director Feig made it clear that the new film is a reboot and not Ghostbusters 3. This means he wants the audience to expect something better and experience the same level of satisfaction.

“I love the first one so much, I don’t want to do anything to ruin the memory of that,” Feig said. “So it just felt like, let’s just restart it because then we can have new dynamics. I want the technology to be even cooler. I want it to be really scary, and I want it to happen in our world today that hasn’t gone through it so it’s like, oh my God what’s going on?”, he added.

The fans are getting too excited about the new Ghostbusters film. They hope the reboot will surprise and amuse them when they go to the movies on July 2016. Going for an all-female cast is a good start for the production team. We’ll see how Feig will make this spin off a huge success.