Last year’s Ghostbusters reboot was not a critical or commercial success, which is likely the reason the studio has opted out of doing a sequel anytime soon. The film’s poor performance has also destroyed any chances of spinoff films, which were initially planned. It seems the all-female driven run of the popular ’80s franchise wasn’t up to par and co-writer/executive producer/original star Dan Aykroyd has come out swinging for director Paul Feig.
It’s not surprising that Aykroyd has some negative comments about the reboot’s director. For the past 30+ years, Ghostbusters has been directly tied to him and he now sees his franchise as completely dead.
“[Ghostbusters] made a lot of money around the world but just cost too much, making it economically not feasible to do another one. So that’s too bad. The director, he spent too much on it. He didn’t shoot scenes we suggested to him and several scenes that were going to be needed and he said, ‘Nah, we don’t need them.’ Then we tested the movie and they needed them and he had to go back. About $30 to $40-million in reshoots. So he will not be back on the Sony lot any time soon.”
Fans of the original film either loved or hated the performances and story from the new film. On the one hand, it was a fun take on an old idea, but on the other hand, it seemed like a cheesy gimmick used solely to reboot a successful franchise for a new generation. Aykroyd’s comments about the fiscal failures of Feig’s unnecessary reshoots could have been the nail in the coffin for the franchise since it did make a good deal of money in the global box office ($229 million on a production budget of $144 million).
Studio execs look at the bottom line when they are considering whether or not to greenlight a picture and the profit margins are just too low for us to see a sequel starring Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Kristen Wiig anytime soon.