While Ghostbusters finally hits theaters next month, it’s no secret that Sony Pictures had been trying for a very, very, very long time to get a new movie off the ground. The initial idea for a further continuation surfaced back in 2009, when Sony set a pair of The Office scribes to pen a script for a sequel that would find the original cast returning in minor roles to “hand off” the franchise to a set of newcomers, with names like Seth Rogen bandied about. But a solid script failed to materialized, and while Sony continued trying to crack the code, the key came in 2014 when Bridesmaids director Paul Feig was approached about taking on the franchise, and he hit upon the idea of completely rebooting Ghostbusters with a set of incredibly funny women.
Cut to today, and reaction to this new Ghostbusters thus far has been somewhat divisive, although the actual folks involved with the making of the first two films have firmly voiced their seal of approval. And last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, both Ghostbusters casts came together to discuss the legacy of the franchise, the new reboot, and even take a dance break.
Indeed, you’ll see Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and the incomparable Annie Potts alongside new stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, all discussing the quality of this new reboot, sharing secrets from production, and even reacting to fan tattoos (Murray can hardly contain himself when he sees one of the late, great Harold Ramis). And yes, they all address the elephant in the room head on, discussing the fact that some folks are none too pleased that this new Ghostbusters stars ladies.
While some of the more vocally displeased Ghostbusters fans may continue being angry about this reboot, it certainly seems like the original cast are plenty happy with how things turned out. Take a look below. Ghostbusters opens in theaters on July 15th.