Trailer: Ghostbusters (2016) #1

Who ya gonna call?

Paul Feig – or at least the marketing team at Sony – isn’t shy about taking on the 32-year-old Ghostbusters franchise. The first long-awaited trailer for the long-awaited Ghostbusters reboot has finally arrived … and it actually looks good? That could just be the nostalgia factor talking. See for yourself!

So, yeah, the nostalgia factor is high throughout the first trailer for the rebooted (despite the franchise-y connections) Ghostbusters, from the appearance of Slimer to the remixed Ray Parker Jr. theme song to the ghostly librarian to the lingering fire house shot. Granted, there are the Feig touches – namely the librarian ghost vomiting excessively on Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig). I’d probably consider Patty Tolan’s (Leslie Jones) improvised exorcism technique – which she definitely didn’t learn from Fathers Merrin and Karras – to be in that camp, too. The humor, though, seems to be more self-aware than the original two films, which I do like – along with the capable women teaming up to take on the ghosts of NYC and beyond.

The Ghostbusters fire up

Nonetheless, I find myself looking forward more to Ghostbusters than I initially was when the project was announced. All the talk of a third Ghostbusters film in recent years had me up and down emotionally, especially after Harold Ramis’ passing, so when the news of a gender-swapped reboot directed by Paul Feig came along, I was somewhat satisfied. But now I can’t wait until July to see how the film as a whole turns out! Frankly, it’s high time for a little franchise refreshing, considering that there’s a mostly female team of Ghostbusters in the recent IDW comics – which are worth a read.

Ghostbusters, co-written by Katie Dippold and director Paul Feig, finds former paranormal research colleagues Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) and Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) reuniting and teaming up with nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) and MTA employee Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) to stop an otherworldly ghost takeover of Manhattan – and the world, one would assume – from their refurbished Chinese restaurant base of operations and hearse-turned-ECTO-1. They’re aided by Kevin (Chris Hemsworth), their receptionist, and they’re opposed by the Mayor (Andy Garcia) and FBI Agent Hawkins (Michael K. Williams), among other human antagonists, and Rowan (Neil Casey), the demonic antagonist. The cast also includes Charles Dance, Elizabeth Perkins, Cecily Strong, Matt Walsh, and Pat Kiernan, with cameos from Ozzy Osbourne and original Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts. It hits theaters on July 15, 2016.