Director Paul Feig Talks GHOSTBUSTERS Reboot; Wants It to Be Scarier Than the Original

     December 30, 2014

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At this point, it’s clear that some people will never accept another Ghostbusters movie.  The original is a classic and a reboot will always pale in comparison.  And while that may be true, if Sony is hellbent on making another entry in the series, then I suppose an all-female reboot directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) and written by Katie Dipold (The Heat) is a solid option.  Nevertheless, it’s still a difficult challenge, and they’ll have to convert legions of skeptics, which includes people who don’t want another Ghostbusters and those who want another Ghostbusters, but think that an all-female cast is nothing more than a gimmick.

In a recent interview, Feig addressed some concerns and also laid out what he and Dipold are aiming for with their movie.  Hit the jump for more.

paul-feig-the-heatSpeaking to Empire [via CBM], Feig explained that a reboot was really the only option, because otherwise ghosts would have become pedestrian to the setting.  “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,” say Feig.

He also addressed why he’s going with an all-female cast, explaining:

“A lot of people accused it of being a gimmick. I guess I can see the cynics’ view of it, but for me I just love working with funny women. People said, ‘Why don’t you do a mix?’ I’m just more interested in the idea of lady Ghostbusters. It’s the way my brain works.”

I’m more interested in that as well.  While there’s nothing wrong with a mix, it can lead to a “Where’s Gamora” situation where the female team member (or members) mysteriously disappear when it comes to the merchandise because studios are still gearing these properties towards boys.  I don’t think Feig is necessarily aiming to change the social conscious regarding gender roles, but an all-female Ghostbusters is a big deal when you consider no other major franchise has really attempted this dynamic.

But casting all female leads won’t be Feig’s only contribution to the series.  He also wants to give his film a new tone:

“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.”

That’s a tough line to walk, especially when you’re making a PG-13 film, but I like that Feig and Dipold are at least going for it.

I don’t know if I’m totally on board with another Ghostbusters movie, but it’s certainly one of the more fascinating major films currently in development, and I’ll be following it closely to see how it comes together.

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