Ghostbusters director Paul Feig is shaking things up with his reboot, and while I’m sure purists will continue to ask why they’re bothering to even call the movie “Ghostbusters” (I assume these same people would decry an original title for ripping off Ghostbusters), I welcome the changes. I’m certainly excited for the talented all-female cast, and I’m also interested in an unlikely source of inspiration for the new movie: The Walking Dead.
Speaking on AMC’s Talking Dead [via ScreenCrush], Feig said”
I will say, I was very inspired by this show. What I love is how they play with the danger, they play with the scariness, but also the idea that it’s always about gauntlet run. And that’s something, an element I want to bring to this Ghostbusters reboot is having to get through these various obstacles that are supernatural and all that. I really feed off of The Walking Dead.
I’m not a fan of The Walking Dead, but if you’re going to pull an aspect from that TV series, then the “gauntlet run” is where you want to go. The original Ghostbusters aren’t known for breathtaking action scenes, and it sounds like Feig wants his version to have something a little more fast-paced and intense. This also ties into Feig’s previous comments about wanting the reboot to be scarier.
If you take that approach and envision Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy running around and firing off their proton packs that could be a nice blend of action and comedy. We’re getting a new Ghostbusters, and if it wants to be more than “the one with the women”, then this is a good direction to go.
Ghostbusters opens July 22, 2016, and also stars Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.