She ain’t afraid of no ghosts, and she definitely ain’t afraid to speak her mind. Saturday Night Live cast member Leslie Jones, who costarred in the 2016 all-female version of Ghostbusters, is not hiding her annoyance at the fact that a new film is in development for the franchise that will pick up thirty years after 1989’s Ghostbusters II and be set in that same “universe.” In other words, it will have nothing to do with her film, Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, which costarred Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Melissa McCarthy.
Hardly shy, Leslie took to Twitter on Saturday, January 19 to comment, “So insulting. Like f–k us. We dint [sic] count … Those women ain’t ghostbusters. ugh. So annoying. Such a d–k move. And I don’t give a f–k, I’m saying something!!”
The problem is that while one could sympathize with the fact that there’s not going to be a sequel to her film, Jason Reitman, son of the original films’ director Ivan Reitman, actually praised the 2016 film directed by Paul Feig at the same time he was announcing the new one, according to Entertainment Weekly.
“I have so much respect for what Paul created with those brilliant actresses,” he said, “and would love to see more stories from them. However, this new movie will follow the trajectory of the original film.”
That 1984 movie not only inspired a sequel five years later and Answer the Call, but three animated shows (The Real Ghostbusters, Extreme Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters: Echo Force), 19 arcade and video games between 1984 and 2018, slot and pinball machines, comic books and novels (not to mention a whole lotta toys).
While the new Ghostbusters is scheduled to be released during the summer of 2020, there is little known about it at this point, including whether or not it will feature original cast members Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis or Ernie Hudson. One thing that Borys Kit, a writer for The Hollywood Reporter, did tweet is his sources have revealed that the main characters will consist of four teenagers, two boys and two girls.
For his part, Jason isn’t saying anything: “This is very early,” he points out, “and I want the film to unwrap like a present. We have a lot of wonderful surprises and new characters for the audience to meet.”