After 25 years of waiting, Ghostbusters fans are going to get a brand new Ghostbusters movie. We’ve been teased and had promises made before. Sometimes it was hard to keep up with where Bill Murray stood concerning another Ghostbusters sequel, one day he was on Letterman saying he was ready and the next he would appear in an interview saying there was no way any sequel with him involved would happen. Dan Aykroyd was the one we could always count on, perhaps TOO MUCH, to say that a sequel was in the works or a script was being written, only to see those hopes dashed as Murray would poo-poo it or financing would never materialize. With the loss of Harold Ramis last year, a lot of us Ghostbusters fans resigned ourselves to the fact that we’d never see a Ghostbusters sequel and allowed ourselves the outside hope that one day someone would reboot the series. Now it seems that we’ve gotten our wish, but will you still feel the same when you hear the details?
Today’s post really started with a tweet, as such posts often do. Paul Feig tweeted this yesterday:
It’s official. I’m making a new Ghostbusters & writing it with @katiedippold & yes, it will star hilarious women. That’s who I’m gonna call.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) October 8, 2014
Entertainment Weekly quickly got on the phone to talk with Fieg about his Ghostbusters ideas.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did this all come about?
I had been contacted by Sony and Ivan a number of months ago when I was in Budapest shooting my new movie Spy. But I was like, I don’t know if I want to take that on because the first two are such classics and just because of how do you do it? Who do you bring in now that Harold’s gone? I know that Bill didn’t want to do it and I love Dan, but it was just like I don’t know how to do it. Then I had lunch with [Sony Pictures co-chairman] Amy Pascal when I got back to town. She was just saying, gosh, nobody wants to do this. I said, yeah, it’s really hard to take that on, especially since it’s 25 years later. how do you come back into a world that’s had these ghosts and all this? It just felt too difficult. How do you do it and not screw it up? But then it was bugging me for the next few days because Ghostbusters is such a great thing and everybody knows it, and it’s such a great world. It’s a shame to just let this thing sit there. I want to see another one. My favorite thing to do is work with funny women. I was like, what if it was an all female cast? If they were all women? Suddenly, my mind kind of exploded: that would be really fun. And then I thought, well, what if we just make it new? It’s not coming into the world that existed before. It’s always hard if the world has gone through this big ghost attack, how do you do it again? I wanted to come into our world where there’s talk of ghosts but they’re not really credible, and so what would happen in our world if this happened today?
I loved Bill Murray’s idea of an all female Ghostbusters team. I liked the idea of multiple teams working around the world too. There are a lot of funny ladies that could fit the bill so I didn’t have any problem visualizing them in a new Ghostbusters movie. I felt that the dynamic and contrasts between the ladies and the older Ghostbusters would be a great starting point and interesting to watch.
So in the universe that you conceived, it’s like the world of the first two movies didn’t exist?
Yeah. I love origin stories. That’s my favorite thing. I love the first one so much I don’t want to do anything to ruin the memory of that. So it just felt like, let’s just restart it because then we can have new dynamics. I want the technology to be even cooler. I want it to be really scary, and I want it to happen in our world today that hasn’t gone through it so it’s like, oh my God what’s going on?
OK, gotta jump in here. This comment was the first thing that bothered me. I don’t want a total reboot, I want the ladies taking over for the older Ghostbusters. The “really scary” line also concerns me. Ghostbusters was not a scary movie unless you were five years old. I want another Ghostbusters which is a comedy at heart.
Do you suspect that you might make room for any returning cast member cameos?
Well, I mean, look, those are my comedy heroes. So as far as I’m concerned, anybody wants to come back I welcome with open arms. It would just be in different roles now, but it would be fun to figure out how to do that.
Gotta love that attitude, but in different roles? That blows.
Are you freed from having to have one person who’s the Venkman and so forth, or do you feel like might adhere to some of those familiar dynamics?
We want to have fun with giving nods to what came before, but we don’t want to be bound by it because Katie and I already have talked at length and we have really fun ideas for things. But we want to tell the stories that we would like to tell, which means we want to tell the character arcs that we want to tell, which means we want to start with some of our characters in a different place or with different personalities and things they have to overcome and learn through the experience of this first movie. My number one thing is always about character and what is somebody learning from or transforming through whatever happens to them in the movie. So I think there will be definitely room to play with that. We want to do clever nods to it, but not cloying nods to it. We want to have the ability to really bring it into modern day.
I wouldn’t want that either so I’m on-board with that part, but you shouldn’t need another Venkman because you should just get Murray to play him. If you’re going to have an all ladies cast then let their characters grow be what they will be. There’s no need to blue print them as Ghostbusters replicas.
Bill Murray was asked about his suggestions for a female cast. He mentioned Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Linda Cardellini, and Emma Stone. I wanted to get your opinion on his dream cast.
It’s an awesome cast. For me there’s so many ways I can go with this because there are so many funny women that’s going to be the hardest thing to narrow down is who to put in. I’ve got a lot of ideas on that but nobody set in stone. That’s part of the fun for me is figuring out what’s the best combo, what’s going to be relevant and fun. Bottom line: I just want the best, funniest cast.
As I said before I’m good with this and there are a ton of talented ladies to cast. Amy Poehler would be my first choice. Who would you cast?
Do you know who the characters are going to be and know what the story’s going to be?
We have a very rough, rough outline that we’re working with, but definitely know the basic story, know what we want the basic characters to do, know what we want the world to do and what the rules of our world are, but nothing I want to discuss obviously. It’s cool. I think it’s a really strong origin story that feels real—as real as a ghost story is. It’s going to be really fun and real. We’ll make it scary and funny.
I know I shouldn’t worry too much about them making it too scary. In this age of R rated movie franchises churning out PG-13 rated movies, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Ghostbusters won’t be an R rated horror movie.
Do you see it existing in a totally different world from the original movies? Do the outfits look different? Do you think we’ll hear the Ghostbusters theme song?
Everything is up for grabs right now. I look at this the same way a superhero movie launches where it’s always fun to see, like, what are they going to do with the costumes this time? What are they going to do with the hardware this time? It’s not going to be, here is the exact same stuff. It’s also not going to go, screw you, if you like that stuff, it’s all completely different. We’re going to have fun with it, but again, bring it into our time period. I’m a big hardware nerd when it comes to sci-fi and all of that so I love all the gear and I love all that. We’re really going to have fun with playing with the science of it. I think fans will be very happy with what we do because it has fun with what came before but it’s new. It’s just a new, fun take on it.
Now who will they have rework the theme song. I may have a much bigger problem with that than anything else in the end.
It’s such a beloved property, do you have any nerves going forward? There’s probably always going to be someone for whom it doesn’t live up to expectations…
Look, if you go into any project without nerves you’re going to make a bad project. If you walk into a project going, I’m going to f–king ace this, then expect the worst. At the end of the day, all we want to make is a great movie and people are going to attach a lot of energy to either being nervous about this or being excited about it, and all Katie and I and the rest of the team, who we slowly assemble, can do is just make a great movie that’s super funny, that’s scary, that’s real, that has great characters that people identify with and want to see in these situations. It’s a world that they’ve experienced before in the old ones, but the hope is the minute they sit down they’ll go, “I love the old one, oh my god, I’m loving this new one.” Everything’s got to live on it’s own merits. It would be terrible if we just go, oh we’re just doing an update where we use the same dynamic and scripts. If we just flop four women into the exact same personalities and roles as original, then that’s lazy filmmaking on my behalf, and who wants to see that? I don’t want to do a shot by shot update of a movie that existed. It’s the difficult thing about remaking a great movie. So that’s why we’re not remaking a great movie. We’re doing our take on it.
Well, I can’t really argue with him there. Again the only issue I have is the need to hard reboot the franchise. Why not do a soft reboot? Get the original cast that will return to jump-start the film with cameos and you can still update the equipment and everything else. These ladies could be the ones that see what the Ghostbusters are doing and say to themselves that they could do better. That would be fun and explain all the changes without just throwing out everything before. It’s 25 years later. People might just chalk all the old ghosts as just urban legends, then bring all the ghosts roaring back.
I can tell I am rambling around on this whole thing and I’m sure that like the rest of you I will probably change my mind as new information makes its way onto the Internet. We won’t really know how we feel until we see it on the big screen anyways.
What I am interested in is what your thoughts about this are now, after reading Fieg’s answers.
Via: Entertainment Weekly