Leslie Jones Slams New Ghostbusters Sequel in Original Universe: It's Like We Didn't 'Count'
Less than a week after the news of a new Ghostbusters sequel broke, Leslie Jones is speaking out against the film on Twitter
The Saturday Night Live actress, 51, who starred in the 2016 remake with an all-female cast, decried the fact that the new movie will ignore the storyline that she and costars Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy put forward. The new sequel will go back to the original universe started in 1984 with the first film.
“So insulting. Like f—k us. We dint count,” the comedian wrote before making a political statement. “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!!”
The reboot is especially impactful for Jones, who endured racist attacks after her involvement in the franchise was announced. In 2016, she ended up taking a two-day hiatus from Twitter as a result.
“I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart,” she tweeted at the time. “All this ’cause I did a movie. You can hate the movie, but the s—t I got today… wrong.”
This past Wednesday, Entertainment Weekly exclusively reported that Jason Reitman, 41, will direct a planned sequel to the original franchise. His dad, 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 EW. “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 movie, slated to hit theaters in 2020, would be set in the original universe and not in the same one as 2016 director Paul Feig’s.
“I have so much respect for what Paul created with those brilliant actresses, and would love to see more stories from them. However, this new movie will follow the trajectory of the original film,” Reitman said
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It’s unclear if original stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson would return, though all three made cameos in the 2016 spinoff. Harold Ramis died in 2014 and was honored in Feig’s movie as well.