Don’t Worry, ‘Ghostbusters’ Star Melissa McCarthy Is Also Confused by That Trailer
Director Paul Feig has maintained that his new Ghostbusters movie isn’t a sequel or a remake, but a reboot. Basically, it ignores the fictional events and characters depicted in Ivan Reitman’s classic 1984 film — which makes the first trailer for Feig’s movie a bit confusing. If you count yourself among those who were baffled by the trailer, then you can rest easy with the knowledge that someone who is actually in the movie is also confused. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have any answers for you.
The first trailer for the new Ghostbusters opens with a title card that reads, “30 years ago four scientists saved New York…” It’s pretty strange considering that Feig’s movie not only takes place in a world where those four scientists never existed, but one in which people have never seen an actual ghost. (Also: Ernie Hudson’s character wasn’t a scientist, so whoever came up with that title card must be a real loose cannon who isn’t concerned with, like, facts, man.)
Melissa McCarthy knows this is odd, and when she was asked about it during an interview on the Johnjay & Rich Show, the actress addresses the confusing title card while re-confirming that this is a reboot:
It’s a reboot, not a remake. I know it’s weird that they say [in the trailer] ‘30 years ago,’ but in this movie it’s like the first one didn’t happen…Believe me, the question was asked. I think it’s very confusing…But then everyone said, ‘We don’t care what you think.’
That last part was meant jokingly, but there must be some grain of truth to it. Obviously, someone in a nice suit in marketing thought it was best to appeal to Ghostbusters fans by referencing Reitman’s film — you know, lest they confuse it with some other Ghostbusters. And maybe that title card (along with the all-too-predictable sad piano cover of the original theme song) was also in response to the hateful, sexist reactions to Feig’s film and its all-female cast.
Whatever the intention, it still doesn’t really make sense. But it’s easy enough to overlook, especially since a recent poll found that Ghostbusters is the most anticipated comedy of the summer — despite the fact that it’s become the most disliked trailer in YouTube history (yeah, about that).
Ghostbusters hits theaters on July 15.