Now, you're probably thinking either, "I ain't afraid of no ghosts" or, "WTF does this have to do with a feminist response to pop culture?". Well, first of all you probably should be afraid of ghosts because they are dangerous, and second, here is a quote from the Entertainment Weekly piece on the new film:
Aykroyd told the Times that he envisions a new five-person team of ghost hunters that could even include several women.
Women busting ghosts? Certainly there is a feminist response to be had here. Let's talk about which women we'd like to see wearing those new proton packs, shall we?
First of all, here is the whole press release on the new film:
Dan Aykroyd tells all about a possible third 'Ghostbusters' film!
In a new interview with the L.A. Times, Aykroyd said that many of the big names from the 'Ghostbusters' franchise -- Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson -- are on board for a third, and production could begin by this winter.
The storyline for the third film finds the original Ghostbusters ready to hand off the task of managing New York City's ghoulies to a younger crew. Aykroyd told the Times that he envisions a new five-person team of ghost hunters that could even include several women.
So maybe women on the ghostbusting team is not a definite, but it does seem to be a strong probably. Part of the problem with casting women in films like these, though, is that there aren't many good comedic roles for young females, so the boys' club cycle is allowed to continue (Judd Apatow films, anyone?). That is where we come in! Some good suggestions from us about which young females we'd like to see in the movie might just tip the Hollywood scales (you know that this is Hollywood's number-one favorite feminist blog, right?) in the favor of some hilarious women with some kick-ass ghosthunting skills.
Now, the new ghostbusters will probably be young. Sure, Aykroyd and his crew were in their 30s when the first two films were made, but knowing how modern-day sequels go, the team this time around probably needs to be in their 20s. That means (unfortunately) that Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are probably out. So which 20-something women would you like to see in the new film? Some thoughts:
- Aubrey Plaza. Plaza currently plays April the apathetic intern on Parks and Recreation. With her on the team we'd be sure to get some good ol' fashioned sarcasm, and maybe even a guest appearance from her costar, Aziz Ansari.
- Mindy Kaling. Sure, she is great as the prissy Kelly Kapoor on The Office, but Kaling looks like she'd be able to slime the shit out of some ghosts if she felt like it. Her presence would be even more appreciated if they let her work as a writer on the film as well. She's hilarious!
Honestly though, it is tough to think of many more 20-something women in Hollywood who are known for their comedic chops, and that is a shame (because just think of how many dudes there are who fit that description). Maybe Ghostbusters 3 is just what they need to turn it around, though! Bustin' always makes me feel good, and maybe it will make women in Hollywood feel good as well.
Who would you like to see star in the new film? Or do you even care about a new Ghostbusters?