This weekend, we'll get to see the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles taking on the New York Knicks and the LA Clippers in Out of the Shadows. But that isn't the only movie getting in on NBA madness. A series of new Ghostbusters promos have arrived just in time for the NBA Finals. These first TV spots aired on Thursday, and feature some big name all-stars. And they've brought along some iconic ghost cameos that are almost funner than anything we've seen in the trailers thus far.
In the first promo, we get to see Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Clyde Frazier as they are schooled by Spike Lee about the ghosts who hide out in Madison Square Garden. Some of these spirits are beloved. Others, like Slimer, are not. If you ever dreamed of watching the NBA All-Stars take on the gobby, hot dog-hungry apparition, you're in luck. But best of all, we get to see Spike strap on that proton pack and head into battle against everyone's favorite slime-dispensing trouble maker. You may even think that Basketball players recruited to be Ghostbusters is better than anything happening in the new remake.
The second promo is just as cool. We get to see Kobe Bryant called out of retirement. He pulls on the suit, straps into his proton pack, and climbs aboard the Ecto-3, a Ghostbusters themed Helicopter, as he flies into the City to save the day. Again, we see fresh energy here that makes the Ghostbusters franchise fun again. At least for a few moments. You'll notice Kobe's Ghostbusters uniform has the requisite name tag, and it states Mamba. For the uninitiated nerd that knows more about Ghostbusters trivia than NBA stats, this is in reference to Bryant's nickname Black Mamba.
Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today. This summer, they're here to save the world! The new Ghostbusters are Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Chris Hemsworth leads the supporting cast, playing the Ghostbusters' new secretary Kevin.
Original Ghostbusters stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts and Ernie Hudson have all been confirmed for cameo appearances, though we don't get to see any of them in this latest footage. Sony has issued a July 15, 2016 release date, putting the Ghostbusters up against Broad Green Pictures' The Infiltrator. Ghostbusters is produced by Ivan Reitman and Amy Pascal, and written by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig, based on the 1984 film Ghostbusters, written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis and directed by Ivan Reitman.
The supporting cast includes Andy Garcia as the mayor of New York City, Michael K. Williams as Hawkins, Matt Walsh as Rourke, Pat Kiernan as a news anchor and Neil Casey as the human new villain Rowan. While we're sure Ghostbusters has quite a few surprise cameos up its sleeve, we're not sure any of these NBA players, Kobe Bryant or Spike Lee will show up. We're still a few weeks away. In the meantime, these latest promos prove to be a lot of fun, and get into the groove of what Ghostbusters can and should be. If you don't enjoy them, perhaps you have become just too tainted by the remake. There is no hope for you Ghostbusters haters now.