Melissa McCarthy says she found the Ghostbusters trailer ‘confusing’

"It's a reboot not a remake"

Melissa McCarthy has spoken out about the Ghostbusters trailer, which was reported yesterday as the most disliked trailer in YouTube history.

The trailer received criticism, with over 600,000 thumb-downs on YouTube. McCarthy, who stars in the movie along with Kirsten Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, has spoken out about its backlash.

Speaking on The John, Jay & Rich show, McCarthy said that the film is a “reboot not a remake.” Continuing she explained, “I know it’s weird that they say [in the trailer] ‘30 years ago’, but in this movie its like the first one didn’t happen.

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“It’s a great story but it’s told totally differently. It’s four unlikely heroes, it’s in New York City, ghosts are taking over; it’s that same classic story but it’s not 30 years later … it’s not dependent on the first one.”

McCarthy said that she raised the issue of the commercial but explains that she was ignored. “Believe me the question was asked,” she said. “I think that it’s very confusing. But then everyone said we don’t care what you think.”

Speaking to The Guardian, director Paul Feig offered his thoughts about the negativity surrounding the trailer. “The haters on our trailer were very proud of the fact they had racked up 400,000 [currently 648,000] dislikes on YouTube versus 200,000 likes,” he said.

“But [given the number of views] that’s not a majority by anybody standards. Some of it is that people don’t want an old property touched – I’m sympathetic to that. But the ones who are hating it because it’s about women? That’s just a non-starter.” Ghostbusters is set for release on July 15.