Back in July the first photos of the new Ghostbusters film were released and we got excited by the all-star female cast. Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are all starring in the reboot that will hit theaters in 2016. Sadly, not everyone had the same reaction as us.
“The fact there was so much controversy because we were women was surprising to me,” Wiig told the Los Angeles Times. “Some people said some really not nice things about the fact that there were women.”
Criticism of the film includes: women aren’t funny and McCarthy is “fat, obnoxious, crass.”
“It just really bummed me out,” Wiig said.
Paul Feig, the director of the film, is experiencing a similar backlash, but it’s not the first time.
“I just don’t understand why it’s ever an issue anymore. I’ve promoted both Bridesmaids and The Heat and myself and my cast are still hit constantly with the question, ‘will this answer the question of whether women can be funny?’ I really cannot believe we’re still having this conversation,” he told EW.
Considering Bridesmaids made over $280 million and The Heat made over $229 million (worldwide) this really shouldn’t be a question. In fact, this female-lead cast should be celebrated as it has been reported that in 2014 female actresses accounted for only 14 per cent of protagonist roles and 30 per cent of all speaking character roles.
Ghostbusters is set to make millions as well and Sony is taking advantage of all the attention. Sony Pictures Animation announced that they are developing an animated version of the film. While the director and writer have yet to be announced, they have said that Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be writing and directing the Amazing Spider-Man animated movie that’s in the works.
You can see Ghostbusters in theaters in the summer of 2016.
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