Feig Talks “Ghostbusters” Universe, Backlash

In the wake of last week’s news of Sony expanding its “Ghostbusters” all-female reboot into a full cinematic universe with around four projects in the works, the reboot’s director Paul Feig has been giving interviews where the topic has come up.

Speaking with Variety ahead of his new comedy “Spy” premiering at SXSW, Feig confirmed his all-female reboot begins filming in June. In regards to the other project though, he says he has only heard whispers like the rest of us:

“I’d heard some rumblings about it. Who knew there were so many ghosts to be busted in the world?….All I know is my ladies are going to kick ass and I would not want to go into battle without them.”

Feng has also spoken about the venomous reaction to him casting Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy:

“The Internet is really funny – I love it, but I hate it at the same time. The first wave when you make an announcement like that is overwhelmingly positive. Everyone’s so happy and you’re like, This is great. Then comes the second wave and you’re like, Oh my God. Some of the most vile, misogynistic s— I’ve ever seen in my life.

The biggest thing I’ve heard for the last four months is, ‘Thanks for ruining my childhood.’ It’s going to be on my tombstone when I die. It’s so dramatic. Honestly, the only way I could ruin your childhood is if I got into a time machine and went back and made you an orphan.”

Feig admits he’s a fan of Channing Tatum and the directors Joe and Anthony Russo who’ve all been linked to the larger “Ghostbusters” cinematic universe, but he is concentrating on his own film for now.