‘Ghostbusters’ First Trailer Proves Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts (Video)

“Saturday Night Live” stars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones help answer the call in Paul Feig‘s reboot at Sony

Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for Paul Feig‘s “Ghostbusters” and it’s a scream in more ways than one.

At yesterday’s event for press and fans on the Sony lot, Feig said the reboot stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones because he just wanted to cast the funniest people, and “these women are the funniest people I know.”

Much hubbub has been made over the fact that the cast is female this time around, but look past gender and you’ll see the affection for the original “Ghostbusters” with which this film was clearly made.

“I wanted to bring [“Ghostbusters”] to a new generation because I have such love for this property, and it’s out of sheer love for the property that we did this,” said Feig, whose history with “Ghostbusters” goes back to the original film’s opening weekend. Feig was just a film student at the time, but he had “never seen something that combined comedy with science, with the supernatural, with action.”

“It seemed to touch people in a special place,” producer Ivan Reitman said of the original 1984 movie.  Reitman said he and Sony ran into “various conflicts” in trying to continue the franchise before Feig came along “with an idea of how to do it fresh and special, and make it an event like the original. He brings a very unique vision.”

You can see that vision in the trailer above and soon on the big screen when Sony releases the new “Ghostbusters” on July 15. Let us know if you’ll be there opening weekend in the comments section below.