Leslie Jones Attacks Jason Reitman's 'Ghostbusters' Sequel

Brenda Watkins
January 21, 2019

Along with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones starred in 2016's Ghostbusters.

The upcoming Ghostbusters is being co-written and directed by Jason Reitman, the son of director Ivan Reitman, who made the first two Ghostbusters movies.

It's worth remembering exactly how much shit Jones was exposed to at the height of that anti-Ghostbusters mania. (The internet, it turns out, was a mistake.) They downvoted the trailer in the thousands, and spammed articles and positive reviews with negative comments before ever seeing it.

The 2016 movie netted $229,147,509 in theaters globally, per Box Office Mojo - but it was so expensive to make and market that this was still reportedly a loss. But you can't blame Jones for the bitterness; I'm sure the whole experience was dispiriting.

The new film is scheduled for Summer 2020. An educated guess might be then that we'll get Finn Wolfhard, Eighth Grade's Elsie Fisher, and at least one other of the kids from It, forming a new band of young paranormal investigators, guided by Bill Murray et al. We dint count. It's like something trump would do. But they need to ensure they're making great films rather than trying to skate by on feel-good political vibes, which is what Sony was trying to do back in 2016.

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The Ghostbusters reboot faced adversity in its way to the screen, prompting Feig to repeatedly combat sexist backlash launched at the female-led film. Such a dick move. Given the vitriol that Leslie Jones received during her time promoting Ghostbusters, it's not surprising that the SNL star has some harsh feelings towards this new take on the beloved franchise.

It is worth noting, however, that at least one of Jones' criticisms might be premature.

On Saturday, Jones tweeted abandoning the rebooted Paul Feig-directed iteration of the franchise was "so insulting".

Heck, it could well be that the new film features another all-female cast: who knows?

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