Almost two months ago, I wrote about the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot and my fears. In short, while I have mixed feelings about a reboot in general, I hope(d) that the movie featuring a female team will kick ass. Yesterday, I’ve come to the personal conclusion that the movie is doomed, no matter how much talent and effort will go into the female-led Ghostbusters movie.
Yesterday, the news broke that Sony plans a ‘guy-themed’ Ghostbusters movie as a ‘companion’ to the ‘female-themed’ Ghostbusters movie.
First of all, WTF!? It’s bad enough that LEGO and other toy companies feel the need to divide toys into ‘boy’ and ‘girl’ -themed stuff, forcing children into categories of ‘what they ought to like’ and ‘how to behave or not to behave’. Now, some feel the need to create movies with the same premise specifically for men and specifically for women because viewers are, apparently, that narrow-minded and stupid. Don’t you realize what will happen if audiences are forced to watch a female-led Ghostbusters movie? Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria! All around the world the brains of dudebros would explode if they were expected to watch a *gasp* female-led movie!
But in all seriousness, this news about a so called ‘guy-themed’ Ghostbusters worries and angers me. Call me pessimistic, but I have the feeling that it is very likely that the ‘guy-themed’ Ghostbusters will probably receive a greater funding and better marketing and/or if the ”guy-themed’ version will earn more at the box office many will claim that ‘it’s because audiences are not ready for a female-led movie’ and/or that ‘female-led movies aren’t that good anyway’. I really can’t imagine anything but a financial ‘rivalry’ between the movies.
Personally, I’m tempted to boycott both movies, but will probably watch the so called ‘female-themed’ version just to make a point. My hopes for a cool and amazing reboot are, however, gone.