In 1984, Ivan Reitman brought us the supernatural comedy Ghostbusters about four parapsychologists who catch ghosts for a living in New York City. The hit was written and directed by Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd, who also starred in the film along with Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis. It was a critical and commercial success and launched a franchise quite ubiquitous in the ‘80s, including a sequel and cartoon, as well as video games and various toys. Oh, and who can forget Ghostbusters cereal; who doesn’t love a ghost-shaped marshmallow first thing in the morning?!
Fast forward 22 years and we have a reboot of the film, something that seems almost obligatory in filmmaking these days. But this time Paul Feig, the new film’s director, along with co-writer Katie Dippold put an interesting twist on the 80’s classic by telling the tale of four women who turn to the business of catching ghosts.
During a recent interview, Feig was asked about one of the character’s sexuality. Jillian Holtzmann is played by Kate McKinnon, who is gay in real life. When asked if the Holtzmann character was gay, Feig replied with the following response, which is somewhat of a non-answer:
“What do you think?” Feig continued: “I hate to be coy about it, but when you’re dealing with the studios and that kind of thing…You know, Kate is who she is and I love the relationship between Kate and Melissa’s characters… I think it’s a very interesting, close relationship. If you know Kate at all she’s this kind of pansexual beast where it’s just like everybody who’s around her falls in love with her and she’s so loving to everybody she’s around. I wanted to let that come out in this character.”
So take that for whatever it means. Is Feig implying that the studio would not let one of the characters be explicitly gay? Either way, if there is something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call?