Paul Feig has dropped some bombs regarding his upcoming entry into the Ghostbusters franchise in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly. I kind of dislike most of them.
To start, Feig’s Ghostbusters film is going to be a reboot, not a sequel. This is a world where Ray, Peter, Egon and Winston did not save the world from the likes of Zuul and Vigo. Feig states that he prefers to do an origin story. So this means that the old continuity is out the door. This move is not shocking considering that Bill Murray has been vocal about not wanting to return to the franchise. Add to that the death of Harold Ramis and the exit of original director Ivan Reitman. There wasn’t very much further that they could go with this series. (Although Max Landis had a pretty great pitch.)
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.
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?
Next, Feig’s reboot isn’t going to focus on new, younger versions of the original team. There will be no new, younger models of our beloved original team. Instead we’re going to get an all-female team. Don’t get me wrong, I applaud Sony for taking such a risky move. Ghostbusters has always been knows as a “boy” franchise. It has a very large, vocal, predominately male fanbase. There’s no way to know if an all-female team will be embraced by the die-hard fans. Even with the director of Bridesmaids behind the wheel, this is very much a gamble for the studio.
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.
So as far as I’m concerned, anybody wants to come back I welcome with open arms. It would just be in different roles now, but it would be fun to figure out how to do that.
I hate an all-female team. Hear me out, I’m not intending to forward a misogynistic point of view in any way. I just believe that an all girl team is nothing more than a stunt. Sony bringing in a writer/director whose niche, these days, is making female starring comedy films. I enjoy Paul Feig’s films, but I feel like his switch to female-centric films is him riding the wave of the unprecedented popularity of Bridesmaids. The Heat had some funny moments but I didn’t watch it and say, “Boy I’d love for this team to make a new Ghostbusters film.”
I’d much prefer to see a team of male AND female Ghostbusters working together. It would even be an interesting dynamic to have a wide range of ages.
Feig has also stated he plans to make a “very scary” Ghostbusters. I’m not opposed to this. It’s an interesting take, to shift things tonally a bit and go for legitimate scares while still being funny. Horror and comedy can be an effective combination if executed correctly. But how many films have been able to pull it off? (Obviously, you’re screaming out “Vampire in Brooklyn!” at your computer screen right now)
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?
Finally the thing that most bothers me is his statement, ” I want the technology to be even cooler.” Ugh… I really hope they don’t go overboard with this. The gear of Ghostbusters is what drew me to the film at a young age. The proton pack, the traps, the suits, the car… I don’t think there have been many films with cooler props than Ghostbusters.
I’m guessing Dan Aykoryd’s statements about “Ghostbusters at nine years old, Ghostbusters in high school,” were a bit premature, at least with his original crew. I have no doubt that Sony is intending to try to create their own “Marvel-style universe.” They all want a Marvel-style universe, there’s boatloads of money for anyone to pull it off. It’s still up for debate if anyone besides Marvel can actually pull it off.
Ultimately, I’m going to give Feig’s Ghostbusters a shot. But I’m honestly going to have a hard time viewing it on it’s own merits rather than as a pale imitation of the first great film.
How do you feel about Feig’s Ghostbusters plans? If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Paul Feig or Ivan Reitman?