When it was announced that Colombia Pictures was going to do a modern remake of the classic Ghostbusters movie, fans cheerfully rejoiced!
That enthusiasm quickly died down though. First it was revealed that none of the original cast (or the director) would be involved. That was a bummer. Then it turned out that the main characters of the reboot would be all females — which is completely fine, for the record — upsetting another segment of angry (and probably sexist) internet trolls. And then the trailer dropped.
It was awful.
To be clear, we have no problem with the all-female cast, as long as the movie is well-written and entertaining. Unfortunately, the trailer gave every indication that the new Ghostbusters would be neither of those things. It made negative headlines by becoming the Most Disliked Video in YouTube history, which we have to imagine is quite an accomplishment, albeit one that the film makers didn’t exactly want.
According to Yahoo UK, they added a not-so-subtle comeback to all the anonymous internet hate.
Rather than shying away from the backlash, ‘Ghostbusters’ tackles it head-on in an early scene that sees the ‘Busters reading out mean comments from a video they’ve uploaded to YouTube.
It’s a funny dig at the haters, and Yahoo Movies has since discovered it was added to the script as a direct response to the backlash while they were still filming.
“It was added [to the script],” explains Melissa McCarthy who plays paranormal investigator Abby Yates in the film.
“I feel like the part was in [the script] already,” says Kristen Wiig, “But we changed what was said.”
“We did something on the day that slightly tweaked it,” McCarthy added.
Take that, haters!
Ghostbusters comes out in the U.S. on July 15 (and a few days earlier in other parts of the world). We’ll have to wait another week or so before we can find out for ourselves whether the reboot is worth our time or money.