We’re about a month away from Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, so naturally, Sony’s gone ahead and dropped a bunch of television spots. Lo and behold, there’s one big ol’ familiar face: the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
Yes, Dr. Ray Stantz’s childhood cuddly and go-to Gozer form will return in the forthcoming remake, where he’ll join a barrage of recently dusted off characters, features, and tropes from the original.
Now, this is annoying for one reason: From the get-go, Paul Feig has insisted that this remake will be a new, fresh take on Ivan Reitman’s 1984 blockbuster. Which is one reason why he opted out of a sequel.
As he told Entertainment Weekly way, way back in 2014: “I love the first one so much I don’t want to do anything to ruin the memory of that. So it just felt like, let’s just restart it because then we can have new dynamics.”
In the same interview, he later admitted: “We want to do clever nods to it, but not cloying nods to it. We want to have the ability to really bring it into modern day.” One might argue giving the old logo a shine, tossing in Slimer and Stay Puft, and retooling the theme for the EDM generation doesn’t really ring as “clever.”
Then again, and to be fair to the film, we’ve only seen a bunch of poorly edited teasers and trailers, but so far, it’s looking more and more like the obvious cash grab that “Ghostbusters Remake” has always read like on paper.
We’ll see come July 15th. In the meantime, here are the other TV spots: