With all the talk about how there should be more roles for women in Hollywood, one would think that making all-female or female-led versions of certain male-dominated films would be a brilliant idea that everybody could be behind.
— Vulture (@vulture) October 2, 2015
That’s why the recent backlash against the movie came as a surprise to funnywoman Kristen Wiig – like many people in the film industry, the SNL alum thought that the move to reprise the ‘80s cult classic with an all-female cast would generate positive feedback from a public that’s been clamoring for gender equality in film and television.
The movie, which has started production and is set to be released in 2016, stars Wiig, Bridesmaids co-star Melissa McCarthy as well as SNL cast mates Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. With the immense success of Bridesmaids, Wiig said she was “bummed out” by the degree of negative attention that it has garnered especially on the Internet.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Wiig said, “The fact there was so much controversy because we were women was surprising to me.”
Apparently, an online campaign against the female-led remake has been launched by individuals who claim to be avid fans of the original film.
“Some people said some really not nice things about the fact that there were women,” Wiig added.
Even Bridesmaids director Paul Feig was not spared from the backlash. When he sat down with the Hollywood Reporter in March, he said that he was appalled at the hostility directed at him on social media soon after the film announcement was made.
— MAKERS (@MAKERSwomen) October 23, 2015
In his words, the reactions he got were “some of the most vile, misogynistic shit I’ve ever seen in my life”.
There’s good news, though, for Ghostbusters purists. Joining Kristen Wiig and the gang in the film are some of the original cast members including Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Annie Potts, and Sigourney Weaver.