Fans of the movie 'Ghostbusters' dress up as ghosts for an event. Photograph: (Getty)
The first Ghostbusters film released in 1984, followed by a popular animated series and a sequel in 1989
Ever since it was announced that the rebooted "Ghostbusters" movie was going to feature an all-female team, there has been criticism online from various camps about taking a much loved franchise and changing it.
At the Los Angeles premiere of the film on Saturday, although to many it was the world premiere, the cast and crew talked about finally releasing the film with its all-female leads finally in cinemas.
The film's producer Ivan Reitman, who was behind the original two films, had an idea for a sequel for many years although it never came to fruition.
"I never even questioned the gender because the sequel that I'd been working on until unfortunately Harold passed away, Harold Ramis, was a mixed gender, you know, male and female Ghostbusters, and it was a passing the torch version, so this seemed very appropriate," Reitman told Reuters on the red carpet, invoking the original "Ghostbusters" writer and actor Harold Ramis.
Under sweltering heat, the cast and crew walked the red carpet surrounded by fans and dancers dressed as Ghostbusters as well as the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and the film's hearse.
'Unapologetic about the movie'
Paul Feig who directed the movie told Reuters, he was unapologetic about the film.
"I feel great. I honestly kind of go I think people are going to feel kind of silly after this because after they see the movie, it's just made to be fun and to make you laugh. And the only controversy I can think of is did we make you laugh too much, or not enough, or did we scare you too much or not enough? That's all I care about. Listen, I get it. People are very passionate about this project and this property, so that's a very legitimate thing, but all I can say is, 'Give us a chance and see what we did'," Feig said.
Among the people on the red carpet were actors from the original, including Annie Potts, Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd and even Ray Parker, Jr. whose hit title song has become a classic since the original film was released in 1984.
Also there was the director of diversity and social change initiative at University of Southern California, Stacey Smith, who commented on the backlash the film faced including the fact the original trailer for the film was the most disliked in YouTube's history.
"Well any time in history when you try to create change there's resistance," Smith said.
"Paul Feig has been at the epicenter of creating change for women in Hollywood, whether it's 'Bridesmaids', 'The Heat', 'Spy' or now 'Ghostbusters', we really see him challenge all the mythologising that happens in Hollywood and my hope is that this starts to change that thinking, disseminate that women at the box office generate box office not only domestically, but also internationally, and start to challenge and resist the backlash when we put women front and center," she added.
Her feelings were echoed by new Ghostbuster Kate McKinnon, who said, "I think we should keep making great stories and cast the people that are appropriate, and I think it's an incredible thing that he's done with his career and me and many other people have... they owe him a lot for the opportunities he's provided. So thank you, Paul."
Ghostbusters is scheduled to be released in cinemas in the US on July 15.