In an age where positive peer pressure from beloved fans has convinced Hollywood studios to greenlight films such as Serenity, Deadpool and Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5, one wonders why an overwhelming negative response from fans is ignored. Both Alan Taylor's Terminator Genisys and Paul Feig's all female Ghostbusters redux have been scorned by hardcore fans of each franchise for the crimes of blatantly ignoring and defacating on what has come before, yet in a fortnights time Alan Taylor's Terminator Genisys will hit cinema theatres worldwide, and Paul Feig's Ghostbusters begins principal photography, according to the director's recent tweet.
Much of the negativity aimed at Feigs reboot of the Ghostbuster franchise has been directed at the directors gimmick of using an overwhelming female lead cast in his movies, and his dependance upon Melissa McCarthy as his leading actress. While we have also made point of these valid criticisms in previous articles, we have alo commented upon the directors incompatibiity with the Ghostbusters franchise and the vast, gaping difference in the originals viable target audience, and that of Feig's reboot. we have also commented upon Feig's use of faux-feminism as a marketing tool; intentionally stirring the 'sexism' pot amidst the Gamergate scandal with the announcement of his all female leading cast and his claims that naysayers to his reboot are vile, misogynistic pigs. Unfortunately, for Feig yet another criticism is heading his way courtesy of The Boston Herald's releasing of a plot synopsis for the movie...
[Kristen] Wiig and [Melissa] McCarthy play a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. Flash forward a few years and Wiig lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia U. (Like the original, the story takes place in New York City, even though it’s being shot in Boston.) Which is pretty sweet, until her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. Wiig reunites with McCarthy and the other two proton pack-packing phantom wranglers, and she gets some sweet revenge when ghosts invade Manhattan and she and her team have to save the world.
While the synopsis itself is cause for major concern - two of Bridesmaids leading actresses get to prove that ghosts do exist at the cost of saving the world, what is of more concern is the fact that the movie is filming in Boston, not New York.
New York is one of, if not the main character in the Ghostbuster movies, along with Ecto-1 (a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor), the Firehouse (Ladder 8, NYCFD), Slimer, the proton packs and lastly the 'busters themselves. Taking Ghostbusters out of New York is like taking the Terminator out of Los Angeles (Terminator Genisys featuring in San Francisco is proof of point), or taking RoboCop out of Detroit (the poorl recieved remake was shot throughout Canada).
Reportedly Slimer is also going to star in the movie, but we fear that the character will be used as a euphanism for a certain sexual act, rather than as the comic relief he deserves, but time will tell!
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