Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, just-crowned Ghostbusters director Paul Feig has confirmed the rumors that his new film will start over in telling us about the Twinkie.
"I love origin stories. That's my favorite thing," Feig explained. "I love the first one so much I don't want to do anything to ruin the memory of that. So it just felt like, let's just restart it because then we can have new dynamics. I want the technology to be even cooler. I want it to be really scary, and I want it to happen in our world today that hasn't gone through it so it's like, oh my God what's going on?" And what will be going is a Ghostbusters remake.
Feig also reiterated that, yes, now women will pioneer the field of spectral incarceration, bursting through the glass ceiling you'd think would have already been destroyed when the storage facility blew through the roof.
"Some people accused it of kind of being a gimmick and it's like, it would be a gimmick if I wasn't somebody whose brain doesn't automatically go to like, I want to just do more stuff with women. I just find funny women so great. For me it's just more of a no-brainer. I just go, what would make me excited to do it? I go: four female Ghostbusters to me is really fun," Feig said of what should be one of the least worrisome aspects of the idea of rebooting Ghostbusters. "When people accuse it of being a gimmick I go, why is a movie starring women considered a gimmick and a movie starring men is just a normal movie?"
Feig further elaborated that we shouldn't be expected to see Venkwoman, She-gon, Slime-Her or anything like that; he's not just re-casting the old roles. These will be all new characters, personalities, and dynamics in the team. Likewise, when it comes to the group's jumpsuits and ghost-busting hardware, "Everything is up for grabs right now."
In short, this will be an entirely new thing--a Ghostbusters in name and general concept only. And considering that the long-gestating Ghostbusters III was meant to be the passing of a torch that Harold Ramis and Bill Murray are unable or unwilling to pass anyway, that's probably for the better. Now we can at least narrowly avoid this becoming Dan Aykroyd's Ghoulish Charlie's Angels.