The reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise once set the internet ablaze last year, with furious fanboys confused and upset by the choice of casting women for the four leading roles, but the chatter has since calmed down as the months have gone by. This week, fans are now able to witness the first official image of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones in action in their Ghostbusters uniforms, sporting their proton packs.
"I'm having a lot of fun playing with genres. I love the original film, but I also just love the idea of busting ghosts and kind of paranormal warriors. I thought, 'You know, if I could do this with the funny women I know and kind of just do a new origin story…' I'm more interested in what would happen today. You know, you see things on TV about ghosts, but none of it's real. What if, suddenly, something started happening? What happens when that just begins to happen to people? Also, how do they develop their technology? It's not as fun if they're just handed their proton packs. It's why it's not as fun to do a sequel. The fun is getting there."
Sony Pictures was originally setting their sights on a third installment of the '80s comedy franchise, but original director Ivan Reitman stepped away from the project after his friend Harold Ramis' death. The new reboot is going to center on a new group of paranormal busters. However, original cast members Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, and Bill Murray from the 1984 classic are said to have cameos in the film, playing roles not related to their original characters.
The film is being directed by Paul Feig, who co-wrote the screenplay with Katie Dippold, currently filming in New York City. Ghostbusters is currently slated for a July 22, 2016, release.
[Image via Sony Pictures]