To Put it Mildly, Leslie Jones is Not Happy with GHOSTBUSTERS 3 Announcement

2016’s Ghostbusters reboot was a total shit show. No, not because it featured a female cast and, yes, it was a decent flick. But it brought out the darkest aspects of fandom, with the film being eviscerated before it was even screened for the press. Worst, many internet trolls used the furor to indulge in unbridled racism and misogyny. Not cool, horror fans.

For director Paul Feig, 2016’s Ghostbuster has become something of a personal white whale. In the years since the film (which made a profit, by the way) Feig has lambasted both fans and critics for the film’s poor reception. He’s even championed a sequel that would continue the saga of the four female Ghostbusters (played by Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones).

News that a new Ghostbusters movie in the works at Sony (with a working title of Ghostbusters 3) must have hit Feig hard, but while he appears to be taking it in stride, Jones is less restrained with expressing her dissatisfaction. To put it mildly, she’s not thrilled with that the new reboot is moving forward with a continuity that will erase Feig’s film from the official canon. Here’s what she told her Twitter followers:

“So insulting. Like fuck us. We [don’t] count. It’s like something Trump would do. (Trump voice) ‘Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers’ ugh so annoying. Such a dick move. And I don’t give fuck I’m saying something!!”

Dread Central is about horror, not politics, but even I have trouble with Jones’ analogy. I honestly can’t tell if she’s truly angry at Sony or merely using the occasion to make her opposition to the president widely-known. I certainly can’t imagine Trump gives a damn about anything produced in Hollywood these days (unless it has something to do with him, of course).

I’ll say it again: Ghostbusters 2016 got a raw deal and it’s a damn shame. But such is life in an era when social media buzz can make or break a film. To be involved in filmmaking is an exercise in humility, where things have gone south on countless films for a multitude of reasons (from the serious to the ridiculous). You’ve just got to roll with the punches.

If you never got around to seeing Ghostbusters 2016 for yourself, give the trailer and synopsis a spin below.

Paranormal researcher Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) and physicist Erin Gilbert are trying to prove that ghosts exist in modern society. When strange apparitions appear in Manhattan, Gilbert and Yates turn to engineer Jillian Holtzmann for help. Also joining the team is Patty Tolan, a lifelong New Yorker who knows the city inside and out. Armed with proton packs and plenty of attitude, the four women prepare for an epic battle as more than 1,000 mischievous ghouls descend on Times Square.

Are you excited that Sony is investing in a new Ghostbusters reboot? What did you think of 2016’s Ghostbusters? Do you agree with Leslie Jones’ statement? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!



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