One of the stars of the original Ghostbusters, Sigourney Weaver, has finally spoken out at length about the negative response generated by the female-led reboot of the supernatural comedy franchise.
It’s been a year since the film, starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, hit cinemas to mixed reviews, having previously been the subject of an internet backlash from fans unhappy that the franchise was being rebooted with a female cast.
The negativity surrounding the project may have ultimately played in a part in the film’s limited success, which has made a sequel highlighly unlikely.
This came despite the project getting the approval of the original film’s cast, with Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and Weaver herself all making cameo appearances.
Commenting on the furore surrounding the film, which appeared to focus on the fact the franchise was being rebooted with a female cast, Weaver admitted to Entertainment Weekly that she was “very surprised by the backlash”.
“I thought it was very childish and cruel. I guess if you saw the movie as a kid you would feel possessive over it. But come on, things change. Women are at the table, and there are plenty of projects to go around.”
Weaver also gave short shrift to fans online condemning the project before it had even hit cinemas and for some of the vile abuse directed at cast members like Leslie Jones.
“I think it might have more to do with the internet and showing your secret small self on the internet in a way you’d be embarrassed to be if you were out at a bar with friends, acting like a jerk,” she told EW.
“I thought it was really sad that it happened to that project. But I think they’ve all moved on so hopefully everyone learned something from that.”
Weaver was speaking ahead of her appearance in the much-anticipated Netflix Marvel crossover series The Defenders.
The series will see Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and everyone’s least favourite superhero, Iron Fist, combine to take on a major villain, played by Weaver.
The identity of Weaver’s character is the subject of some speculation, though loaded already has a pretty darn good idea who it might be.
The Defenders arrives on Netflix on August 18.