Ghostbusters 2 Will Probably Make Sad Men Even Sadder

Box office success and a likely sequel promise to give the haters even more reasons to cry 'boo!'

Ghostbusters is on its way to being a franchise—again! — AFP/Getty Images
Jul 18, 2016 at 7:09 PM ET

The remake of “Ghostbusters” just hit theaters on Friday, but already there are rumblings that a sequel is in the works. It’s great news for those who have long argued that women-led comedies can indeed be successful, but very bad news for the angry bros who spent a lot of energy fretting that their beloved classic was being ruined by a bunch of girls.

“Ghostbusters 2” isn’t 100 percent confirmed yet, but Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of worldwide distribution, said, “While nothing has been officially announced yet, there’s no doubt in my mind it will happen.” There you have it. So will the creation of a full-on franchise finally cause the sad men of the internet to expire? The answer is who cares, because in spite of the virtual tantrum they threw, “Ghostbusters” had a solid first weekend at the box office. All told, it pulled in $46 million, sliding into second place behind “The Secret Life of Pets.”

The only question that remains is how a sequel could top the shock of ladies playing parts that previously belonged to men. Here’s an idea: set the film 30 years in the future and load it up with a bunch of post-menopausal women. Nothing—not even a bunch of ghosts—could prove more terrifying to “Ghostbusters” fans than a cast full of middle-aged women.