'Ghostbusters' Movie Trailer Released Today

Nancy Bailey

The Ghostbusters trailer is here: And it's getting mixed reviews.

The Ghostbusters theme song starts off as just a familiar hint of keyboard pings as the scene opens up on a contemporary New York City. We see the "no ghosts" logo, the city streets, the wall of books in a library, and we are instantly transported back to 1984, preparing to be slimed.

His sentiments were echoed throughout Twitter and on YouTube when the trailer was released.

But, we are assured, this version of Ghostbusters is a reboot, not a sequel.

As an article in Gizmodo explained, director Paul Feig debuted the trailer for an enthusiastic audience on Wednesday.

"I'd be bummed if I didn't see the Ecto-1 and all that stuff. So we wanted to make sure we give those nods—but make them our own, and give them their own original origin story. When you see the movie, there will be a lot of things you're happy to see, but they're coming at you at a slightly different way."

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— Digital Spy (@digitalspy) March 3, 2016

"Then it was about two months of me going 'Okay, who are the perfect people for this?' I was like, I've just got to get four very distinct personalities for this, and I know so many funny people, and especially funny women."
"Kristin is this kind of vulnerable comedian, Melissa is a headstrong comedian, then you've got Kate who's just the weirdo-nut, and Leslie is just a powerhouse that comes at you."

— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) March 3, 2016

Reitman explained that John Belushi was originally cast in the film as Venkman, the role eventually taken by Bill Murray. When Belushi died, Reitman and his co-writers thought up a "Belushi ghost" that would eat a lot. Thus, enter Slimer, a pudgy apparition with a voracious appetite.

"It was really important to us to make them scientists. That's what I love about the first one, the idea that Ivan, Dan [Aykroyd] and Harold [Ramis] had—people fighting the paranormal with science—just really resonated with us."
"This comes from such a pure place. This thing that [Reitman, Aykroyd and Ramis] created, this idea is such a great idea. It's such an amazing franchise that had two amazing movies, but it could just keep going. There's so many things you can do with it. It just seemed terrible to leave it in a box."

— Nerdacy.com (@Nerdacy) March 3, 2016

"I don't want to give stuff away because we do it in a fun way. You know the iconography. You know the things that you love the most. Let's just say most of them show up, in one way or another, but again in a way that will hopefully be surprising so you're not expecting it."

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