Yesterday’s revelation that the third Ghostbusters movie has a writer joining Paul Feig on the movie has naturally raised questions on how it’ll fit in with the franchise canon. Would it exist in the same universe with the first two movies, and the all-female team open their own Ghostbusters franchise? Or will it be a true reboot, more like a remake? It looks like it’s the latter.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Paul Feig confirmed the new movie won’t exist in the same universe as the first two movies:
â€œAnd then I thought, well, what if we just make it new? Itâ€™s not coming into the world that existed before. Itâ€™s always hard if the world has gone through this big ghost attack, how do you do it again? I wanted to come into our world where thereâ€™s talk of ghosts but theyâ€™re not really credible, and so what would happen in our world if this happened todayâ€¦ Everything is up for grabs right now. I look at this the same way a superhero movie launches where itâ€™s always fun to see, like, what are they going to do with the costumes this time? What are they going to do with the hardware this time? Itâ€™s not going to be, here is the exact same stuff. Itâ€™s also not going to go, screw you, if you like that stuff, itâ€™s all completely different. Weâ€™re going to have fun with it, but again, bring it into our time period. Iâ€™m a big hardware nerd when it comes to sci-fi and all of that so I love all the gear and I love all that. Weâ€™re really going to have fun with playing with the science of itâ€
I don’t know about you, but now I have absolutely zero interest in seeing this movie. If it existed in the same world as the first two, where this new team decides to become Ghostbusters with cameos from some of the originals, it’d be a decent continuation of the story. But a full reboot acting like the first two classics never happened? That’s just a cash-grab hanging on a thin string of nostalgia from the title, and I won’t be giving it my money.