Feig On “Ghostbusters” Reboot Setting, Plans

Director Paul Feig has been speaking quite publicly about his all-female reboot of the “Ghostbusters” franchise, and in a recent interview with Empire he confirmed that the plan is still to keep the supernatural action within New York City:

“To me it’s such a New York movie and the biggest sin would be to pull it out of there. I just love New York and, selfishly, I just want to shoot in New York.”

Feig, who is currently co-writing the script with Katie Dippold, adds that there’ll certainly be nods to the old movie – but not too many:

“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.”

Feig also says that every time the film is mentioned, the question of why reboot the series is asked and he already has an answer:

“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.”

Feig also says that actress Melissa McCarthy’s involvement all depends on her schedule and whether that can be worked out.