Paul Feig On Why He Chose To Reboot GHOSTBUSTERS With A Female Cast And More

Paul Feig On Why He Chose To Reboot GHOSTBUSTERS With A Female Cast And More

Director Paul Feig talks in detail here about his decision to reboot the Ghostbusters franchise, why he chose to focus on female characters, how the cast is shaping up, making a "scary comedy", and more.

By JoshWilding - Dec 29, 2014 05:12 PM EST
Filed Under: Ghostbusters
Source: Empire Magazine

After years of rumours about a Ghostbusters 3, we finally learned earlier this year that the franchise was being rebooted with Bridesmaids helmer Paul Feig at the helm. As with that movie and others he's directed, the focus will be on a female group of characters, but why reboot rather than do some sort of follow-up? "I have too much respect for the original one [to do a sequel]," the filmmaker says in the latest issue of Empire Magazine (transcribed by CBM). "There's also the feeling that once the world knows ghosts and has seen them busted on such a large scale, they run the risk of becoming pedestrian. 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." As for the (controversial?) decision to go for an all-female cast of characters, Feig added: "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."

As for how that cast might end up impacting the movie's title, Feig jokingly promised that "It won't be called Lady Ghostbusters! Certainly not...Ghostbustieres is the way to go." There has obviously been a lot of talk about who will end up starring in the reboot, with a number of actresses revealing their interest or that they've met with Feig about the project. The director however isn't committed to locking down anyone one way or the other just yet! "Right now, honestly, there could be 50 Ghostbusters. I'm just waiting to get our first draft of the script together to go, 'Who makes sense in these roles?' If I put the list in front of me of people that have said they want to do it, talk about a Sophie's Choice. When you do a movie like Ghostbusters, people get very interested." 

Some very interesting details about the Ghostbusters reboot found their way online during the "Sony Hack" (you can find those by clicking here), but Feig told the magazine more about the tone that he and co-writer Katie Dipold are going for as they pen the screenplay. "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." The biggest question is just how extreme those levels of horror and comedy will end up being, and unlike many of Feig's other movies, the laughs at least won't be Rated-R! "The reason I do a lot of R-Rated comedies is that you want a movie to feel honest. But the Ghostbusters world doesn't need that level of swearing. We'll have to be PG-13 with this one. I would like to make it R-Rated, but I won't. You want the biggest number of people to watch it and not be put off by it." What do you guys think about these latest details?
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NovaCorpsFan - 12/29/2014, 5:22 PM
American film classification annoys me.
YeezusWept - 12/29/2014, 5:24 PM
In before the Ghostbusters "purists"

YeezusWept - 12/29/2014, 5:25 PM
Just kidding. [frick] this movie.
Greengo - 12/29/2014, 5:25 PM
What once was R is now PG-13.

TheSuperguy - 12/29/2014, 5:26 PM
Meh. Maybe it'll surprise us. It certainly has a lot going for it.
BlackIceJoe - 12/29/2014, 5:30 PM
I have no problem with female ghostbusters, I just hate it being only a female cast. Plus it staring Melissa McCarthy and Rebel Wilson. Two females that I don't find funny at all.
DudeGuyManBro - 12/29/2014, 5:33 PM
While we're at it, let's reboot the Men in Black movies with an all Chinese transgender amputee cast.
McGee - 12/29/2014, 5:40 PM
Me before reading this article and its comments.

imaginejim - 12/29/2014, 5:42 PM
Why is there such an issue with the new Ghostbusters being all female? Did I miss something when the original one came out and they were all men? Did people cry foul then?
Mercwitham0uth - 12/29/2014, 5:51 PM
[frick] this abortion of a film.
SuperCat - 12/29/2014, 5:52 PM
LOL!! @ StarYeezus

That's f*cked up!
Highflyer - 12/29/2014, 5:55 PM
No matter how hard I try I can't get into this reboot.
Timerider84 - 12/29/2014, 5:55 PM
Dumb, no reference to the originals, NO thank you.
String - 12/29/2014, 5:56 PM
If any other director was tackling Ghostbusters -it probably wouldn't be an all-female cast. Feig likes to work with female comedians. The same excuse of familiarity goes for practically every director. Tim Burton to James Gunn have a tendency hiring and writing for the same actors in almost every project they do. Directors like Josh Trank hire friends like Michael B. Jordan.

TBH, I wish directors would hire the BEST actors instead of tailoring their vision to what they are already familiar with. To me, having an an all-female cast is a gimmick. And I really don't want Ghostbusters to turn out as a scary version of Bridesmaids. It would had been better to mix in some male talent with the ladies so there wouldn't be that label.
Mastyrwerk - 12/29/2014, 5:57 PM
Oh gods. Make it scarier?

I just don't think they sound like they understand the material at all. It wasn't so much about "being scary", it was about taking it seriously, and the comedy coming from the absurdity of real life in a bizarre situation.

Fvck this movie and fvck Fantastic Four.
McGee - 12/29/2014, 5:57 PM

McGee - 12/29/2014, 5:58 PM
....I want to apologize for that joke.
Tdi7457 - 12/29/2014, 6:00 PM
Because female comedies are what made him money before. It's now a gimmick that's seeking to ruin Ghostbusters.
COREY6487 - 12/29/2014, 6:00 PM
maybe cause GB3 was in development hell and no one wanted to return? maybe thats why they rebooted it
SuperCat - 12/29/2014, 6:01 PM
This thread:

DrVenkman - 12/29/2014, 6:01 PM
"scarier than the original..."

What the hell? This movie won't be anything MORE than the original... Except maybe more worse.
thor2273 - 12/29/2014, 6:01 PM
this man's a imbecile
Demongod20 - 12/29/2014, 6:06 PM
So far the only successful reboots of a old franchise is Rise/Dawn of the Planet of the apes. Total Recall failed. Robo Cop failed. Terminator Salvation failed. What kills me is that Hollywood loves spotting trends and copying them but they can't see a trend of fails. They remake/reboot these movies and in the process completely kill what made the originals successful in the first place. They end up turning the core target audience they are trying to reattract off.
McGee - 12/29/2014, 6:14 PM
Before you guys call Thor2273 an imbecile for not making his "a" an "an"...remember this...

eleven59 - 12/29/2014, 6:23 PM
Why did he want to? Umm bc: girls, ghosts and slime...
santoanderson - 12/29/2014, 6:30 PM
I really hope, after Sony's latest troubles, that the executives in charge of their film division step back and rethink hiring this guy. It feels like the overwhelming response to his direction, thus far, has been negative. Also, keep Melissa McCarthy away from this franchise. She has one character, and she's used it in every movie she's done so far. She's like the female Larry the Cable Guy.
BuckyCap - 12/29/2014, 6:34 PM
It's not just a femcom, but also a "scarier" reboot and origin story?

mgeoff88 - 12/29/2014, 6:51 PM
Well, the first two Ghostbusters movies weren't R-rated.

It's hard to get on board with this movie when you think about how having a co-ed Ghostbusters team would've been a better way to approach the reboot. I mean, they could've had Ryan Reynolds, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Emma Stone, Aubrey Plaza, and Jennifer Lawrence as a team. So much potential for comedy there.

I'm not completely against an all-female Ghostbusters team, but to go from having an all-male team to an all-female team... We never got a mixed team.
Jph312 - 12/29/2014, 6:59 PM
Everything about this movie sounds like shit.
GrilledPopcorn - 12/29/2014, 7:00 PM
I want funny ladies like Amy Schumer, Maya Rudolph, Tracee Ross, Tina Fey, Jennifer Lawrence etc.

NOT Melissa McCarthy, or Emma Stone, or Chloe Moretz, or other unfunny people.
SuperCat - 12/29/2014, 7:06 PM
LOL! @ McGee

I noticed that earlier! Wasn't going to say anything :)
mgeoff88 - 12/29/2014, 7:21 PM
@IronAngelX Stop going back and re-reporting comments.

Now you're just making yourself look desperate.
BigDaddyJinx - 12/29/2014, 7:24 PM
"While we're at it, let's reboot the Men in Black movies with an all Chinese transgender amputee cast."

LMFAO! That comment wins the internets.
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