The chances of Bill Murray's Peter Venkman or Dan Aykroyd's Ray Stantz returning for the freshly-announced new Ghostbusters movie is looking unlikely. Director Paul Feig has confirmed that the film will be a complete reboot, nodding back to the original but establishing a new team in a world that's yet to be fully aware of the existence of ghosts.
"How do you do it and not screw it up?" Feig rhetorically asked Entertainment Weekly.
"And that's when [Ivan Reitman, original Ghostbusters producer] put the suggestion forward: 'what if it was an all female cast?'.
"And then I thought, well, what if we just make it new? It’s not coming into the world that existed before. It’s always hard if the world has gone through this big ghost attack, how do you do it again? I wanted to come into our world where there’s talk of ghosts but they’re not really credible, and so what would happen in our world if this happened today?"
That's not to say there won't be the odd cameo, returning locations or characters. Feig intends to "restart it because we can have new dynamics", with cameos possible from the old cast, except "just in different roles now".
"We have a very rough, rough outline that we’re working with, but definitely know the basic story, know what we want the basic characters to do, know what we want the world to do and what the rules of our world are, but nothing I want to discuss obviously".
"We want to have fun with giving nods to what came before."
You can read the full interview over at the source. Feig's approach seems a sensible one -- it's never possible to please all the old-school fans, so a direct sequel could mar the memory of the original. Hollywood is blessed with a particularly talented generation of female comics at the moment, and capitalising upon that is a wise move. [Entertainment Weekly]