Paul Feig’s upcoming Ghostbusters update is already facing an uphill task to win over fans of the original two-film franchise and that mission looks to have already suffered something of a setback after one of the songs from the new film’s soundtrack made its way online.
Arguably, one of the key reasons the 1984 original enjoys such cult movie status among fans old and new is the signature soundtrack hit “Ghostbusters” by one Ray Parker Jr.
Though claims have long persisted that the song borrows heavily from Huey Lewis and The News’ “I Wanna New Drug” the track nevertheless managed to capture the imagination of the public, coining the catchphrases “Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!” and “I ain’t afraid of no ghost.”
Even the sequel’s follow-up soundtrack song “On Our Own” by ghost-lover Bobby Brown is a solid enough effort for an otherwise disappointing film.
Whether this track from the 2016 update’s soundtrack will hit the same heights, however, remains debatable at best.
“Saw it Coming” by G-Eazy featuring Jeremih is a pretty bland slice of rap/r’n’b that would probably have been more at home on the soundtrack to forgettable fare like those recent Scooby Doo movies or may Eddie Murphy’s Dr Doolittle update.
Containing little in the way of catchphrases or even memorable lyrics for that matter, the song is a kick in the teeth to fans of the original and is unlikely to go down well with any of the fanboys already frothing at the mouth over the decision to go with an all-female main cast.
Soundtrack concerns aside, most sensible moviegoers are probably waiting to see the finished result before completely writing off Feig’s new effort.
Having previously teamed with Melissa McCarthy on the excellent movie threesome of Bridesmaids, The Heat and Spy, comedy film fans should be quietly confident.
While the soundtrack now looks almost certain to disappoint, at least we know Slimer, Stay Puft and Bill Murray will all be back for this latest instalment.
Bustin’ still makes us feel good – even if G-Eazy and Jeremih do not.
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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.