GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE Director Jason Reitman Called Out By 2016 Reboot Star Leslie Jones

GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE Director Jason Reitman Called Out By 2016 Reboot Star Leslie Jones GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE Director Jason Reitman Called Out By 2016 Reboot Star Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones, who played one of the leads in the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, has called out Ghostbusters: Afterlife director Jason Reitman for comments he made while promoting the movie back in 2021.

By MarkCassidy - Sep 24, 2023 06:09 AM EST
Filed Under: Ghostbusters
Source: Via SFF Gazette

It's probably accurate to say that a lot of people had written-off 2016's female-led Ghostbusters reboot long before it was released, but, unfair prejudgements aside, the movie did little to silence its doubters when it did arrive in theaters and turned out to be... well, not great!

While it was far from the disaster it's often portrayed as and does have some funny/memorable moments, the decision to completely ignore the events of the original movies didn't go over well with fans - something Jason Reitman sought to rectify with his direct follow-up, 2021's Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

While promoting the film on Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast, Reitman said that he was “trying to go back to the original technique and hand the movie back to the fans," adding: “I’m not making the Juno of Ghostbusters movies. This is gonna be a love letter to Ghostbusters. I want to make a movie for my fellow Ghostbusters fans.”

Though Reitman would later clarify his comments (see below), Ghostbusters 2016 star Leslie Jones feels the "damage was done" at that point, and has called the filmmaker out in her new autobiography, "Leslie F*cking Jones."

“Bringing up the idea of giving the movie ‘back to the fans’ was a pretty clear shout-out to all those losers who went after us for making an all-female [movie]," wrote the SNL alum.

Jones and her cast mates were the victim of some pretty heinous comments, but, as the only Black woman on the team, Leslie bore the brunt of the backlash.

"Why are people being so evil to each other? How can you sit and type 'I want to kill you.' Who does that?" she wrote. "Sad keyboard warriors living in their mother's basements hated the fact that this hallowed work of perfect art now featured — gasp! horror! — women in the lead roles. Worst of all, of course, was that one of the lead characters was a Black woman. For some men this was the final straw."

While it is true that a certain vocal minority took issue with the reboot from the beginning, it's also true that a lot of Ghostbusters fans - male and female - simply didn't think very much of the movie!

Reitman is currently working (as a producer) on an untitled Afterlife sequel, which will be directed by Gil Kenan.

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Kurban - 9/24/2023, 6:36 AM
Boo hoo
MosquitoFarmer - 9/24/2023, 6:39 AM
Ernie Hudson was a black Ghostbuster...
I didn't hate and abhor the reboot like most, but it was vastly underwhelming from Paul Feig, and Leslie Jones was the least likeable part of the movie for me by quite a bit. Had nothing to do with her race or that she is a woman, she was just an obnoxious character much of the time.
CoHost - 9/24/2023, 6:56 AM
@MosquitoFarmer - "I didn't hate and abhor the reboot like most"

Where the hell have you been lately? Most people have been coming around to the movie. The consensus was that it was OK and didn't deserve the backlash.
philinterrupted - 9/24/2023, 7:23 AM
@CoHost - what? It’s not a good movie. At all.

I blame Paul Feig. The tone of the movie misses mark of why the original Ghostbusters was so good.

It is possible to not like a movie with female leads not because they’re female leads.

Having said that, there were far too many people that Leslie is talking about that exist and made the experience bad for the cast. I feel bad they had to go through that. And I don’t blame her for still being angry about it.

But the movie wasn’t good.
OmegaBlack13 - 9/24/2023, 7:32 AM
@MosquitoFarmer - Do you understand why “I disliked the movie for other reasons!” is always gonna ring hollow? You’re what I’m assuming is a white guy, of course you’re gonna deny that that’s why you disliked the movie. I’m not calling you a liar, I’m saying you’re possibly in a lose-lose situation here. While I do think that you’re not exactly in a position to be unbiased, I just don’t get why you’d even say anything. Unless you really don’t care, in which case more power to you, even though I’d have to again ask why you even care to say anything.
Drace24 - 9/24/2023, 7:36 AM
@CoHost - Where did you hear that? Was there a nerd council meeting I missed?
Drace24 - 9/24/2023, 7:42 AM
@OmegaBlack13 - The mere fact that this is the bullshit mental gymnastics we always have to put up with everytime a movie with a cynical premise like this comes out, is the exact reason the discourse surroudning them always turns so toxic!

People will have opinions. Deal with it! And if you don't like them having opinions on characters race or gender then maybe don't make movies that use race and gender as their core selling point and spare everyone these bullshit debates!

NegativeNerd - 9/24/2023, 8:54 AM
@MosquitoFarmer - he was a black ghostbuster, but not a black woman ghostbuster
santoanderson - 9/24/2023, 9:18 AM
@CoHost - I hated Ghostbusters 2016, but not because of the cast. It was the spirit behind the film.

Dan Aykroyd, and pretty much everyone else in the cast, minus Bill Murray, spent 25 years trying to get Ghostbusters 3 off the ground. But Bill Murray was a dick. He and Harold Ramis had a big falling out during the production of Groundhog Day, and Murray didn’t want to work with Ramis again. It wasn’t until Ramis was dealt a life-ending cancer diagnosis that the two buried the hatchet… and then Ramis died.

And a week later Sony gleefully put out a press release announcing their intent to reboot Ghostbusters, and the timing was utterly tasteless. The body was still warm. They had a chance to do an Afterlife-esque passing the torch plot, but they hired Feig who wanted nothing to do with the previous movies (but was happy to lift huge plot elements from them for his film).

The only smart thing Feig did, IMO, is he put together a good cast. Had he properly connected his new film/cast, to the old one, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. His stubborn insistence that his movie exist in its own universe, along with lot of other bad choices, doomed the movie’s future.
SheepishOne - 9/24/2023, 10:10 AM
@CoHost - That is absolutely not the consensus. I'd argue its reputation has only gotten worse with age. At best, people have tried to forget about it.
MosquitoFarmer - 9/24/2023, 10:11 AM
@OmegaBlack13 -

Baf - 9/24/2023, 11:18 AM
@CoHost - Why would you expect @MosquitoFarmer to be compelled to come forward online to defend a movie they feel is just OK?
TheShape9859 - 9/24/2023, 5:20 PM
@CoHost - no, it was a shityy movie then and it's a shitty movie now
OrgasmicPotatoe - 9/24/2023, 6:39 AM
An autobiography for having a flop as your career highlight ?
BritishMonkey - 9/24/2023, 6:42 AM
The problem wasn't that it was women in the lead, the problem was it ignored the original stuff completely. People wanted a continuation.
Afterlife still had women and kids as the leads and people liked it more because it carried on from the original.
ThouBear8 - 9/24/2023, 1:52 PM
@BritishMonkey - ding ding ding. Right on the money.
AmazingFILMporg - 9/24/2023, 6:44 AM
Ghostbusters 2016 was garbage but alot of the online discourse was racist and sexist as hell💁

We have eyes. We have the receipts😐
Drace24 - 9/24/2023, 7:55 AM
@AmazingFILMporg - Counter argument: Afterlife also had a female main character and never garnered such outrage. So maybe you could admit that people just being sexist and racist is at the very least not the whole reason. I think it was pretty clear that the 2016 reboot did everything in its power to piss people off. When you make a movie that uses "but they are all women!" as its core premise, then you kind off force the audience to have a conversation surrounding this very loaded and obviously controversial topic. And then, yeah, actual sexists and racists will fly towards that like moths to the light. Gee, what a surprise. Totally unforseen. But it's okay, because now the studio can just call everyone a racist and sexist and have a built-in excuse for why it failed. Ain't that nice?

Maybe we could just demand better from Hollywood to stop making these garbage movies that are born solely out of market analysis and political pandering and do nothing but throwing oil into the fire. Just an idea.
AmazingFILMporg - 9/24/2023, 7:59 AM
@Drace24 -

We have the receipts. It's not even arguable. Alot of the discourse was racial and sexist.

The film sucked💁

But let's not pretend online sexist trolls didn't have a large presence online.

It is what it is🤡
Ryguy88 - 9/24/2023, 8:10 AM
@AmazingFILMporg - again, where were the sexist trolls when Afterlife had a female lead as well?
AmazingFILMporg - 9/24/2023, 8:18 AM
@Ryguy88 -

It is what it is🤡💁✌️
Drace24 - 9/24/2023, 8:28 AM
@AmazingFILMporg - You just repeated the same comment in the style of a WhatsApp message from a 12 year old. That is not a good response to my argument. Do you have one or not?
DarthAlgar - 9/24/2023, 9:41 AM
@Drace24 - Of course he doesn't. He's an idiot that perpetuates most of the behavior he claims happened.
TheLobster - 9/24/2023, 11:33 AM
@AmazingFILMporg - correct and correct
dracula - 9/24/2023, 7:28 PM
@AmazingFILMporg - lets not forget they were calling any form of criticism sexist.

People on both sides got crazy stupid

Seriously the AVGN simply said he refused to watch it and he was being attacked by the crazy defenders.

Also nobody had issue with a little girl saving the original ghost busters in afterlife
Se4M4NSt4ine - 9/24/2023, 6:45 AM
Yeah… I think the hate her and the cast got was unwarranted, completely.

But taking issue with another dude who’s probably the only guy qualified to talk about more about Ghostbuster besides the original cast or his Father, especially for making comments about giving it back to the fans, that’s totally in no way shape or form the context you’ve twisted it to, is just darn right bitter.
TheOtherOn - 9/24/2023, 6:49 AM
Awwww poor thing needs to sell that book, must start digging some old irrelevant quotes and put a new spin on it to get some attention...

amesjazz - 9/24/2023, 7:00 AM
Omg. Literally has nothing to do with it. The movie was just trash. It's ok not all films are winners but take some accountability. Jesus.
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