Days after director Jason Reitman revealed plans for a new Ghostbusters movie that serves as a sequel to the original films and eschews the 2016 reboot, Leslie Jones, the Saturday Night Live actress who co-starred in the all-female Ghostbusters, slammed the franchise’s next installment.
“So insulting. Like fuck us. We dint count,” Jones tweeted of Ghostbusters 3, which has already unveiled a teaser ahead of its planned 2020 release.
“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!!”
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
The all-female reboot was divisive with both critics and fans of the long-running franchise; Rolling Stone said it was a “genius idea” to revive the long-dormant series with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Jones. Three of the Ghostbusters‘ original cast members – Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson – appeared in unrelated cameo roles in the Paul Feig-directed reboot.
However, this week Jason Reitman – son of Ivan Reitman, who directed the first two Ghostbusters films – announced plans to helm “the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the Eighties happened in the Eighties, and this is set in the present day.”
In her tweet, Jones tagged Reitman, who as of press time has not yet responded to Jones’ criticism. It’s unclear whether the original films’ actors – or the reboot’s cast – will participate in the upcoming film.