One of the most exciting things that's going to happen in 2016 is the release of the new Ghostbusters movie starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. Photos of Wiig and the gang filming the movie have been getting the world excited about the reboot, which will have the main roles recast with female characters — a feminist move on the filmmakers part. And, now, in an exclusive with Entertainment Weekly, it's been revealed that the new Ghostbusters will be dealing with "Pilgrims, old-timey sailors, Revolutionary War spirits, and even a couple of zoot-suited gangsters." There certainly sounds like there's a lot of comedy potential in that.
Entertainment Weekly also details the fact that "Dead criminals from all eras of New York’s underbelly past have returned to roost among the living in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot... ready to take on four formidable female busters looking to rid the city of its phantasmic filth." Remaking and rebooting such an iconic movie is a huge challenge for director Paul Feig, and the movie's stars, but the premise is already sounding hilarious — especially since it looks as though there will be a real mesh of old and new in the film.
Despite being met with widespread criticism when the announcement of a remake was made, the all-female Ghostbusters cast features some of the funniest women in the world right now. Not only does it star three SNL cast members (Wiig, Jones, and McKinnon), but Melissa McCarthy is one of the most in-demand female comedians on the big screen, and has hosted SNL herself three times. Their collective comic-timing is sure to be on point, and the addition of "Pilgrims, old-timey sailors, Revolutionary War spirits," is sure to provide much hilarity. Even more so when you consider the fact that each ghost-villain will have such a distinct personality. Writing for Vulture, Nate Jones said, "Imagine: ghost-pilgrims, with their little ghost-buckles on their little ghost-hats." That's definitely not an image you'll get out of your head quickly! It'll be fun to see all these new ghosts and ghouls re-imagined in the reboot, and the special effects are sure to be on fleek.
Also, I can't help thinking that, in featuring the pilgrims in the new Ghostbusters, the filmmakers are making an important cultural comment. By examining various points in history, the Ghostbusters reboot will be able to establish itself as the important pop culture moment that it is. And by reinventing a popular '80s movie with an all-female cast, a huge step forward for feminism has taken place. Women can carry films, and fight pilgrim ghosts in the process. It's time to stop staying that they can't.