Paul Feig Explains Why He’s Making the GHOSTBUSTERS Reboot; Says Of Course It Will Be a New York Movie

     January 15, 2015

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As with most movies, I’m optimistic for Bridemaids director Paul Feig‘s upcoming Ghostbusters reboot.  He’s currently writing the script with Katie Dippold (she also wrote The Heat) and I think that his new, mostly female, take on the material will save us from the agony of watching what’s left of the old cast don the costumes to remind us that whatever movie they’re in can never match the original.

Feig recently spoke about the Ghostbusters reboot and outlined his logic for taking the job in the first place.  While we’ve heard that Melissa McCarthy is officially in talks to join the cast, Feig’s recent comments come from a more conceptual place.  Hit the jump for more on the Ghostbusters reboot.

paul-feig-the-heatFeig told Empire (via Coming Soon) why he’s comfortable taking on the reboot:

“A lot of people ask why I didn’t create my own thing, but Ghostbusters never ran out of steam, it’s such a great idea, It’s such a fun franchise so why not bring it to a new generation? The old movie is never going to not exist. It’s not my plan to erase every copy! Hopefully they can all live together.”

He also talked about the kind of jokes that will be in the piece, stating that he didn’t want the project to be dated a few years from now:

“We’re not recreating the old movie, but we want to do just enough fun nods that the fans will go, ‘Oh, okay, they’re acknowledging that the other movie existed.’ I like to watch parodies, but I don’t want to do them because they’re too referential. Comedy that’s too referential has such a short shelf life, whereas comedy that’s based around characters will be relatable 2000 years from now because people won’t change that much.”

And, in a last bit of information I was already taking for granted, the film will of course be set in New York.  “To me it’s such a New York movie and the biggest sin would be to pull it out of there.”

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