Sophie Wilkinson | Contributing Editor | Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Oh Brother, They're Making An All-Male Ghostbusters

The Debrief: The news comes less than a year after the all-female Ghostbusters was announced...

In what looks like a ‘fuck you’ response to the announcement that Ghostbusters will be given a reboot with an all-female cast, Hollywood has done that shitty thing it does and given us an all-male cast for Ghostbusters. The film, reports Deadline.com, will be made by Sony, will star Channing Tatum (and his neck), and will be directed, written and produced by a whole bunch of guys.

Seriously – original Ghostbusters Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman are going to head up the production company, Ghostcorps, the script will be written by Drew Pearce (he did Iron Man 3 and Mission: Impossible 5), the Russo Brothers (they did Captain America: The Winter Soldier) will direct, and Channing Tatum is also producing. As well as starring.

It’s like, ok guys, we get it, you want Ghostbusters to be your own butch bloke-a-thon. But the news, coming about half a year after it was announced that there would be an all-female cast of Ghostbusters, potentially featuring Kristen Wiig, Emma Stone, Melissa McCarthy and Linda Cardellini, has left us feeling a little... pissed.

Is this all-bloke film a reaction to the all-female cast and all of the dickheads who were slating it when it was first announced? Or is it just a happy coincidence that another film will be made that features absolutely zero women that actually do something?

While we can see the argument that re-casting Ghostbusters full of women to help tip the scales a bit, does this film need to have a remake full of blokes? Of course, Hollywood will always go towards the money, but films featuring women as action stars don’t even do too badly – like, hellooooo The Hunger Games.

As Hollywood producers keep on taking bets on Gerard Butler films, we’re willing to take a bet on the fact that not all action/comedy hybrid films have to have all-male casts and a token woman to leer at in order to get bums on seats. Considering more than 50% of cinema tickets are sold to women, a lot more female heroes are long overdue.

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