The Sony email hack is like Richard Gere’s copper mine in Arbitrage. You almost can’t believe how much info is coming out of this thing. It’s God! It’s also forcing me to wrestle with the Citizen Four that slumbers inside of me. Why is the world cool with reading this private correspondence? There’s a moral ickiness to this that I haven’t totally reconciled. Maybe we think this is okay to do because the hack is telling us things we want to hear about movies that we want to see (or who thinks its cool to make blandly racist jokes when they think no one is looking) and it seems mostly harmless. But then, we were going to see and hear some of these things eventually, which means we’re trading our moral high ground to jump ahead a few months for the purposes of knowing what Paul Feig has in store for the next Ghostbusters. I’m conflicted, but the wine has already been spilled on the carpet and it ain’t coming out now.
With that said, Vulture ran a piece a few days ago paraphrasing Feig’s plans for the next film and it goes a little something like this:
In the email, Feig explains the film is a reboot, not a sequel — humans aren’t afraid of no ghosts, he says, because they haven’t met them yet. He says his film will be “scarier and more hi-tech” than the original Ghostbusters: The villain will be a convicted murderer, ideally played by Peter Dinklage, who turns into a ghost after his execution is hit by “a supercharged electrical storm.” This gives him the power to raise an army of other ghosts, which could be made up of famous villains throughout history. It’s like Night at the Museum! These ghosts will in turn have to be busted by “four very different women” who have to “figure out in funny, scary and action-packed ways how to save New York City and the world.”
So there. Now you maybe know.