TNTM Movie Discussion: Ghostbusters 2016

Ghostbusters 2016 movie discussion

Jack and Troy from discuss the upcoming Ghostbusters movie.

Ghostbusters is an upcoming American supernatural comedy film. It is a reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise. It is directed by Paul Feig and written by Katie Dippold and Feig. It stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig,Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as the title characters. The film is scheduled for a July 15, 2016 release.

Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) are a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. A few years later Gilbert lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia University.  Her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. When ghosts invade Manhattan Gilbert reunites with Yates.  They also team up with a nuclear engineer, Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) and a subway worker Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones).  It is up to them to save the world from a mysterious evil and powerful demon known as Rowan (Neil Casey) who can exercise control over human forms.

The cast is as follows:

  • Melissa McCarthy as Abby Yates, a published author on the subject of the paranormal
  • Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilbert, a professor at Columbia University, who co-authored the book with Yates
  • Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann, a nuclear engineer and Yates’ new partner
  • Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan, an NYC subway worker who stumbles across the main supernatural threat in the film and becomes a new member of the team
  • Chris Hemsworth as Kevin, the Ghostbusters’ receptionist
  • Neil Casey as Rowan, a mysterious evil powerful demon
  • Andy García as the Mayor of New York City
  • Charles Dance
  • Michael K. Williams as Hawkins
  • Elizabeth Perkins
  • Cecily Strong
  • Matt Walsh as Rourke
  • Pat Kiernan as a News Anchor

There are several notable cameos:

  • Bill Murray
  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Sigourney Weaver
  • Ernie Hudson
  • Annie Potts
  • Ozzy Osbourne

Prior to the remake various scripts and ideas for a third movie in the Ghostbusters series had long been planned. These ideas included one in which Bill Murray’s character was transformed into a ghost went to hell. Bill Murray remained uncommitted to the project and it was decided to make a reboot instead. The project was officially announced in 2014 with Paul Feig announced as the director. Feig has stated that he was partly inspired by the TV series The Walking Dead. Feig tweeted a picture announcing the main cast of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones in January 2015, although it initially was unclear if the cast had been officially decided at that point. Emma Stone was approached but declined partly because “a franchise was a big commitment.” Cecily Strong at one was also considered for a role.

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