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The Ghostbusters reboot is currently underway. Director Paul Feig has been keeping the public informed on all the changes that are occurring as of late, creating a lot of controversy through the pre-production progression. With original cast members split on the project (Bill Murray being all for it, and Ernie Hudson being against the sassy girl-power remake), the line of demarcation couldn’t be any more noticeable.

Now, the news just in, is that Feig wants to make a hard reboot with real scares as well as the all girl-power humor – all whilst retaining the coveted PG13 rating. Feig talks of his plans in the latest issue of Empire Magazine, and it might have fans of the original banging their heads against the proverbial brick wall, or taking to their keyboards to hurl all kinds of profanity-ridden-abuse towards the Bridesmaids filmmaker.

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In the latest issue of Empire Magazine Feig talks about his approach toward the much-coveted 80s film, as well as the tone that he and co-writer Katie Dipold are trying to achieve for the tent-pole project. Feig’s standpoint during the interview is that there has been no concrete cast set in stone as of yet, despite reports to the contrary, and the main focus just now is getting the tone right; achieving the perfect balance of proper scares and comedic aspects, which is one of the facets that made the first film a cut about the rest of the SNL (Saturday Night Live) comedy-fare of the 80s. Feig wants the audience to laugh as much as scream. Here is what Feig had to say regarding the casting rumors:

“Right now, honestly, there could be 50 Ghostbusters. I’m just waiting to get our first draft of the script together to go, ‘Who makes sense in these roles?’ If I put the list in front of me of people that have said they want to do it, talk about a Sophie’s Choice. When you do a movie like Ghostbusters, people get very interested.” 

Moreover, here is what Feig had to say about the tone of the film:

“I want ours to be scarier than the original, to be quite honest. Katie Dipold and I are so focused on wanting to do scary comedy. We don’t want to hold back.”

As for his reasons introducing a hard reboot to a newer generation, he states that:

“There’s also the feeling that once the world knows ghosts and has seen them busted on such a large scale, they run the risk of becoming pedestrian. There’s something fun about introducing our world, which has never seen ghosts to the phenomenon of ghosts. I love origin stories and to introduce new characters.”

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This doesn’t come as too much of a shock, as the direction that the proposed all-male-driven reboot of the Ghostbusters Universe (Chris Pratt, Channing Tatum and Ryan Gosling) would also aim for a gritty-yet-funny approach too (if it ever gets the green light). However, with Feig coming from a background of profanity-ridden toilet-humor, it may come as a surprise that the director plans to tone down on the cussing, so that the film can reach as wide an audience as possible (otherwise translated as: this is a big budget movie and I have no say on the matter, as the plan is to make as much money as possible using the name of an already established franchise, chewing it up, s*****g it back out, and offering a huge steamy pile of warm feces to the general public – who will be non-the-wiser ‘evil laugh’). Feig told Empire magazine the following:

“The reason I do a lot of R-Rated comedies is that you want a movie to feel honest. But the Ghostbusters world doesn’t need that level of swearing. We’ll have to be PG-13 with this one. I would like to make it R-Rated, but I won’t. You want the biggest number of people to watch it and not be put off by it.”

Kudos to the fact that he manages to sell the guff that he is espousing so well. Feig has previously struck Box Office gold with sure-fire R-rated comedies with the likes of of Bridesmaids and The Heat, and he already has a family-friendly film in the works with the Peanuts film that he is producing. However, there are definitely some instances in Ghostbusters 1 and 2 where some of the humor and innuendos definitely wouldn’t pass today’s PG13 rated barriers – and that’s not necessarily pegging all of the harder material down to profane language!

As for Feig’s reasons on bringing a hard reboot to a newer generation, he relates this to the risk of “making the ghosts [seem] pedestrian,” :

“There’s also the feeling that once the world knows ghosts and has seen them busted on such a large scale, they run the risk of becoming pedestrian. There’s something fun about introducing our world, which has never seen ghosts to the phenomenon of ghosts. I love origin stories and to introduce new characters.”

Hollywood likes to follow trends! They like to follow trends that work as well as trends that don’t work; beating at a dead horse. One just has to look at the failure of the latest “reboot trend” – with big budget films such as Total Recall, Robocop, Fright Night and Terminator Salvation failing spectacularly at the Box Office.

Ghostbusters looks set to divide audiences the world over. What do you think of the proposed PG13 rating? What do you think of the idea of a complete reboot? You on board the Feigey bus?

Via – CinemaBlendComicBookMovie

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