As filmmaker Paul Feig continues development of the upcoming “Ghostbusters” reboot for Sony Pictures, it’s fair to say those involved will initially have to go on the defensive to explain why they are tackling such a beloved property.
In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, Feig has spoken about his planned, all-female cast re-imagining of the franchise. First up, he talked about why he didn’t want to make a direct sequel to the two previous films:
“I have too much respect for the original one [to do a sequel]. 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.”
He says the reason for an all-female cast is simply that he thinks it will be funny.
“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. It won’t be called Lady Ghostbusters! Certainly not…Ghostbustieres is the way to go.”
Despite the rumored names on the project, there has been no decision about casting as yet and they’re waiting for the script to be more complete before they consider casting choices”
“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.”
Feig also says the plan is go PG-13 rather than the R of his usual work, on the flipside they also plan to do a darker and scarier version:
“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 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.”