Last year’s “Ghostbusters” reboot did $229 million worldwide, a decent number on its own but for a film boasting a way too large $144 million budget – that makes it a flop with the chances of a sequel at next to nothing.
Now, original “Ghostbusters” star and co-writer Dan Aykroyd has said some choice words about that in a recent interview with Britain’s Channel 4 (via THR). Aykroyd, who is credited as an executive producer on the remake, says:
“The director, he spent too much on it and he didn’t shoot scenes we suggested to him. Several scenes that were going to be needed, he said, ‘No, we don’t need them.’ And then we tested the movie and they needed them, and he had to go back – about $30 to $40 million in reshoots… he will not be back on the Sony lot anytime soon.
I was really happy with the movie. [But] it cost too much, and Sony does not like to lose money. It made a lot of money around the world, but it just cost too much, making it economically not feasible to do another one.”
A source for the production has stood up for reboot director Paul Feig saying Aykroyd’s claims are exaggerated. They tell the trade: “the studio had an incredible relationship with the director, who was first-rate” and add that the reshoots cost one-tenth of what Aykroyd claims.