The idea of rebooting a property as sacred as Ghostbusters has quite a few people up-in-arms. Not only do we have to deal with losing the original cast, but we’re also getting a gender-swap. All-in-all, it’s a lot to get used to. There was a time, however, when they were looking at continuing the original Ghostbusters story rather than rebooting it. In fact, the director of the reboot, Paul Feig, could have taken that road at any time, but chose not to. Why abandon the glory of the past to move into that much-hated format known as the reboot? Read on to hear what Feig said about the entire affair.
When talking with AlloCine, Feig uttered these words:
I had been contacted several times about doing a sequel for Ghostbusters and I just kept turning it down because I didn’t know how to do it. The scripts had been written, but I couldn’t figure out how to do it. I wasn’t excited about it.
So finally, one day I was like, it’s a great franchise and it’s a great idea, if I was going to do it, how would I do it? And then I thought, if I could put four women in the lead roles, that’s exciting to me. That I know how to do, and I know how to make that funny. And there’s so many funny women I’ve been dying to work with. Obviously Melissa and Kristen are in it, but then Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, who are so funny. It just seemed like the way to do it.
Then I thought, I’d rather do it as a reboot so I’m not tied to the old movies. The old movies are so good, I didn’t want to mess with them. And I also want to see the beginnings of this group. I want to see people seeing ghosts for the first time, and how they’re going to fight them for the first time, how they develop their technology. So it just got very exciting to me. I just like working with funny women, and that’s all I really like to do with my career.
When you put it that way, Mr. Feig, it makes a bit more sense. Reboots are usually balls, there’s no debating that. But if you have a studio that insists on making sure an old property stays alive for the sake of dollars and cents, it’s better to do things on your own terms.
Still, there will be plenty of people out there who will despise the movie before it’s even finished based purely on the reboot factor or the inevitable change of cast. Me, I think I’ll wait until it’s out to cast my judgment. With the director of Bridesmaids at the helm, I don’t have a lot of faith, but you never know.
For those interested in seeing the new, new Ghostbusters, they’ll be coming to the big screen on July 22nd of next year.
What say thee, Nerd Readers? Do Feig’s words give you any more faith? Or are you silently praying for a natural disaster to strike the set of the Ghostbusters reboot and shut it down for good?