The Ghostbusters reboot is finally moving forward with Paul Feig, who had the brilliant idea to introduce an all-female team of spirit hunters. While some love the fresh concept, there are still quite a few fans who can't believe the franchise is starting from scratch, creating a world where Dr. Venkman, Dr. Stanz and Dr. Spengler and do not exist. Neither does fourth Ghostbuster Winston Zeddemore, and original star Ernie Hudson isn't happy about that. Quite frankly, he doesn't think an all-female Ghostbusters will work at all.
In a recent interview with Telegraph UK, he states:
"I heard it was going to be a total reboot, and that it would have nothing to do with the other two movies. If it has nothing to do with the other two movies, and it's all female, then why are you calling it Ghostbusters? I love females. I hope that if they go that way at least they'll be funny, and if they're not funny at least hopefully it'll be sexy. I love the idea of including women, I think that's great...But all-female I think would be a bad idea. I don't think the fans want to see that."
Ernie Hudson doesn't want to sound too pessimistic about the endeavor, though:
"Maybe it will come out and be the most amazing thing, but in my opinion I think it would be wrong to do another movie that didn't include the guys. And that didn't include me!"
Shortly after Paul Feig was announced as the new director, he gave a lengthy interview to Entertainment Weekly, where he revealed his plans for this complete reboot of the franchise. One thing he made clear is that the original core cast is welcome back for at least a cameo, but they will not be appearing as their original characters. Which means there's always room for Ernie Hudson, just not as Winston Zeddemore.
The actor hasn't been too busy lately, and that might be why he is against this new iteration of Ghostbusters.
"The studio puts out these announcements over the years that there's going to be another movie and I'm kind of going, that's interesting, nobody's told me about it. Maybe they just assume. 'Oh, we know we can get Ernie' - which is sadly true! I'm not the most difficult one to get."
Is Ernie Hudson leaning a tad on the sexist side with his comments? Or is he telling the truth? In the days following the director announcement, we've hear quite a few fans complaining that this just doesn't work as a full-blown reboot. What do you think?