While promoting her new movie Nasty Baby, Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, MacGruber) was asked if she has ever been a part of a movie that has received so much attention and been surrounded in controversy as her all-female Ghostbusters remake.
"No," Wiig told the Los Angeles Times. "And the fact there was so much controversy because we were women was surprising to me. Some people said some really not nice things about the fact that there were women. It didn't make me mad, it just really bummed me out. We're really honoring those movies."
In September, after being relentlessly bombarded with undesirable comments for months, director Paul Feig fired back at the haters on twitter. He felt a lot of the negative sentiment stems from a belief that an all-female cast is a gimmick and/or women can't be funny. The latter is clearly a sexist and ignorant notion that should have been jettisoned from our society a long time ago. Hello, Lucille Ball, Gilda Radner and Carol Burnett. Last time I checked, they were women and... hilarious.
However, not all of the negative sentiment is sexist or ignorant. There's a good number of people that just don't want to see a remake of another classic film. There's also another group of people that see the remake as the final nail in the coffin for a possible third film starring the original cast. Gotta remember, fans were teased for many, many years that a third film was on the horizon but it needed Bill Murray's script approval to move forward.
The main Ghostbusters cast includes Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones. Costarring in the film are Andy Garcia, Cecily Strong, Michael K. Williams, Matt Walsh, Chris Hemsworth and Neil Casey. Original Ghostbusters cast members Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts Sigourney and Dan Aykroyd will all make a cameo. It's being directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat), based on a script he co-wrote with Katie Dippold.
Ghostbusters is due in theaters July 15, 2016.