Fantascope is the name of one of the first devices used to view moving images in the 19 centuries, and the pre cursor of today’s film projector. So every month this section of the blog will look at news from the movie industry.
This month we address a recent controversy over the remake of the Ghostbusters film. If you haven’t seen the movie or heard about the controversy, the issue that shook up many fans of the original film was that the Ghostbusters are now all played by women. The original line up was all men.
I confess I am a fan of the original movie and finding out about the all women cast only wanted to make me watch it more. So what’s the big deal?
Well to many devoted fans, this is a contradiction of the original movie. Sure the characters are still smart, funny and chasing ghost, just that now they have an option to where skirts or dress.
How does changing the sex of the original cast take away anything from the movie or story line? Would it make a difference if all the Avengers were women? What a James Bond that was of an African descendant?
A film with a cult following can have such a dramatic affect, especially when a remake is done. There are various examples of this in movies like Star Wars and Star Trek. And there is a debate if you should even attempt to remake a classic, like Ben-Hur (for those of you who may not know this but the original Ben Hur was produced in 1959, and it became an epic movie).
What is your take on the Ghostbusters? If there is really something wrong in your neighborhood, would you still call the Ghostbusters?