It’s happened. After all of the rumors, all of the fantasy casting, and all of the hype, it’s really real. Paul Feig is rebooting Ghostbusters with Katie Dippold, his co-writer on The Heat.
Cool, right? Of course it is. Ghostbusters is a classic, and more Ghostbusters was almost inevitable at this point. And now, Ghostbusters will have an all-lady protagonist team!
Let me tell you why you should care:
~Because, in the year Two Thousand and Fourteen, this is STILL news. This is a smart move; a move that people WANT, and a move that’s in the right direction. The movie-loving audience at large has been scrutinizing why on Earth we haven’t had a Wonder Woman movie yet, or why Marvel can make movie after movie with white actors named Chris in the lead row but we can’t have a person of color or a woman lead. We are increasingly aware of inequality and increasingly clamoring for change. And here is Paul Feig, going along and giving us exactly what we want, and trying to pave the way so that maybe this doesn’t have to be SO DAMN IMPORTANT a few years down the line.
~Because movies with all men in them represent the human experience and movies with all women in them are niche. Feig brought this point up brilliantly in his interview, and it’s something that I have written about previously. We are willing to watch movies with all dudes (or more frequently, all dudes and a token female) but as soon as something mostly has ladies in it, it’s a chick flick. We’ve grown so used to seeing more men than women in media, despite women being half of the population, that if filmmakers DO go through the effort to show parity we actually think there are too many women!
~Because movies with diversity in them DO WELL. It is a fact. Audiences want to see representation, they want to see the breakdown of clichés, and they want to see new stories being told with a plurality of people across race/gender/orientation/class lines.
~Because technology, sci-fi and fantasy, comic books and video games have ALWAYS BEEN consumed/created by women. Hell, the first novel was written by a woman. The concept of the “rise of the Geek Girl” is a lie that you have been fed. There have always been girls and women interested in nerdy things. “Geek Girls” didn’t suddenly spring out of the ether – they’ve always been around. The only thing that has changed is the visibility of geek girls. Frankly, it’s about damn time that the market acknowledges that women consume and create as much nerd/genre media as men.
This is good for actresses, for women filmmakers. It’s good for the movie-going public. It’s good for women.
Hell, it’s good for PEOPLE.