Dissecting The Differences And Similarities Between The Original 'Ghostbusters' And New All-Female Reboot

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The brand new all-female cast for Ghostbusters has officially been chosen and announced, and it has been met with a mixed reaction. It's been known for months now that director Paul Feig would be bringing in an all-female lead cast for the reboot of the classic 80's film, but no-one quite knew who it would be. Now, one has to wonder -- how does the Ghostbusters reboot compare to the original?

When Hollywood Reporter announced the new cast for Ghostsbusters, some choices were shocking, while others weren't. Melissa McCarthy was already in talks for a role, but then it was revealed that Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon were all in serious negotiations as well.

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First of all, there is the obvious similarity that there are three white leads and one African-American. The original Ghostbusters had the same with their cast, as it was Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Dan Aykroyd, along with Ernie Hudson.


Feig hasn't actually stated much about his reboot of Ghostbusters or how it will go down. As ScreenRant reported a few months ago, this will not be Ghostbusters 3, but it will be a "hard reboot" for something totally different and "really scary."

It's obvious that there will be some similarities with the all-female cast announced, so let's look at how it could end up going down.

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Her comedy can be over the top at times, but Feig may try to tone it down a bit for Ghostbusters. Dan Aykroyd is absolutely hilarious, but his humor was kept small and corny at times in the 1984 film, and it worked.

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The thing with Zeddemore is that he also wasn't over-the-top comical, but had some great one-liners. He came into the team as the skeptic-turned-believer that was the "enforcer" of the Ghostbusters, so to speak. Leslie Jones easily fits into that similar role.

The other two team members for Ghostbusters could be mix-and-matched, so it's hard to determine who may be closer in styles/personality to who.

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McKinnon appears to be the one that will head in the same direction as Bill Murray's character of Peter Venkman. She can be the one that loves the guys and is a bit of a rebel while also being rather brilliant. Her roles on SNL just appear to have her primed for that similar role and it would work quite well.

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Then again, this could all be a moot point if Feig doesn't want his reboot to have really anything to do with the original film. Still, it's kind of interesting that he already picked a cast that has a similar look to the first.

Some slightly overlooked news was that Feig also announced the release date of Ghostbusters along with the cast selections.

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