Following on from his confirmation that he and his “The Heat” writer Katie Dippold are completely rebooting the “Ghostbusters” franchise as an all-female team, filmmaker Paul Feig has given a lengthy interview to EW to discuss his plans for the project.
He confirms the new film will be set in contemporary times and will feature the first time the Ghostbusters come together. The idea of doing a complete reboot rather than a refresh/restart is to deliberately separate it from the previous films – that way a whole new take can be done without damaging the legacy of the earlier films:
“I love origin stories. That’s my favorite thing. I love the first one so much I don’t want to do anything to ruin the memory of that. So it just felt like, let’s just restart it because then we can have new dynamics. I want the technology to be even cooler. I want it to be really scary, and I want it to happen in our world today that hasn’t gone through it so it’s like, oh my God what’s going on?
I was like, I don’t know if I want to take that on because the first two are such classics and just because of how do you do it? Who do you bring in now that Harold [Ramis] is gone? I know that Bill [Murray] didn’t want to do it and I love Dan [Aykroyd], but it was just like I don’t know how to do it.
Then I had lunch with [Sony Pictures co-chairman] Amy Pascal when I got back to town. She was just saying, gosh, nobody wants to do this. I said, yeah, it’s really hard to take that on, especially since it’s 25 years later. How do you come back into a world that’s had these ghosts and all this? It just felt too difficult. How do you do it and not screw it up?
But then it was bugging me for the next few days because Ghostbusters is such a great thing and everybody knows it, and it’s such a great world. It’s a shame to just let this thing sit there. I want to see another one. My favorite thing to do is work with funny women. I was like, what if it was an all female cast? If they were all women?
Suddenly, my mind kind of exploded: that would be really fun. And then I thought, well, what if we just make it new? It’s not coming into the world that existed before. It’s always hard if the world has gone through this big ghost attack, how do you do it again? I wanted to come into our world where there’s talk of ghosts but they’re not really credible, and so what would happen in our world if this happened today?”
He confirms they plan to give nods to what came before, but they won’t be “bound by it”. A big challenge is figuring out the right combination of actresses for the team, but it’s still in very early stages as right now they only have a “very rough, rough outline”. Asked about potential backlash and why fans should give this version a chance, he says:
“I don’t want to do a shot by shot update of a movie that existed. It’s the difficult thing about remaking a great movie. That’s why we’re not remaking a great movie. We’re doing our take on it.”
One person who isn’t a fan of this whole thing though is a former Ghostbuster himself – Ernie Hudson. The actor tells the UK Telegraph:
“If it has nothing to do with the other two movies, and it’s all female, then why are you calling it Ghostbusters? I love females. I hope that if they go that way, at least they’ll be funny, and if they’re not funny at least hopefully it’ll be sexy. I love the idea of including women, I think that’s great. But all-female, I think, would be a bad idea. I don’t think the fans want to see that.”