Leslie Jones Slams Jason Reitman’s New ‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel
Less than a week after the news broke of the new sequel, the Saturday Night Live comedian, who starred in the 2016 Ghostbusters remake with an all-female cast, took to Twitter to speak out against the film for ignoring the storyline of she and her costars Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, and Melissa McCarthy.
“So insulting. Like f—k us. We dint count,” the 51-year-old comedian wrote. “It’s like something trump would do. (Trump voice) ‘Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers’ ugh so annoying. Such a d—k move. And I don’t give f—k I’m saying something!!”
So insulting. Like fuck us. We dint count. It’s like something trump would do. (Trump voice)”Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers” ugh so annoying. Such a dick move. And I don’t give fuck I’m saying something!!
— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) January 19, 2019
Jones later explained her tweet by writing that a successful film starring all men would reinforce the idea that women don’t have a place the Ghostbusters world.
“If they make this new one with all men and it does well, which it will, it might feel that ‘boys are better.’ It makes my heart drop. Maybe I could have use(d) different words but I’m allowed to have my feelings just like them,” Jones wrote.
In 2016, Jone’s Ghostbusters reboot film earned $124 million at the domestic box office and received a 74% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. When the franchise originally announced her involvement in the film, she was bombarded with hateful messages over her role and ended up taking a two-day hiatus from Twitter as a result.
“I feel like I’m in a personal hell. I didn’t do anything to deserve this. It’s just too much. It shouldn’t be like this. So hurt right now,” she wrote at the time. “I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart. All this cause I did a movie. You can hate the movie but the s—t I got today…wrong.”
On Wednesday, news broke the news of Reitman’s plan to direct a sequel to the original Ghostbusters franchise. His father, Ivan Reitman, directed the first two blockbuster hits in 1984 and 1989.
“I’ve always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan when I was a 6-year-old visiting the set. I wanted to make a movie for all the other fans,” Reitman told Entertainment Weekly. “This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day.”
Reitman’s film is expected to make its debut in the summer of 2020 and will be “set in the world that was saved decades previously by the proton pack-wearing working stiffs in the original 1984 movie,” according to EW.