Paul Feig Talks 'Ghostbusters' Reboot, Doesn't Want to Ruin Originals
News just hit yesterday that the all-female Ghostbusters reboot from The Heat and Bridesmaids director Paul Feig was officially coming together with writer Katie Dippold taking on scripting duties. Now Feig has taken the time to chat with EW about the highly scrutinized developing project where he does a little bit of damage control for fans who are outraged that this project is even happening, and also explains what he hopes to accomplish with the film that will have no ties to the original films at all. In addition, he also wants to have the film actually be scary, something that the original Ghostbusters accomplishes pretty damn well.
First off, Feig doesn't think that an all-female cast is a gimmick at all:
I just don’t understand why it’s ever an issue anymore. I’ve promoted both 'Bridesmaids' and 'The Heat' and myself and my cast are still hit constantly with the question, 'will this answer the question of whether women can be funny?' I really cannot believe we’re still having this conversation. Some people accused it of kind of being a gimmick and it’s like, it would be a gimmick if I wasn’t somebody whose brain doesn’t automatically go to like, I want to just do more stuff with women. I just find funny women so great. For me it’s just more of a no-brainer. I just go, what would make me excited to do it? I go: four female Ghostbusters to me is really fun. I want to see that dynamic. I want to see that energy and that type of comedy and them going up against these ghosts and going up against human detractors and rivals and that kind of thing. When people accuse it of being a gimmick I go, why is a movie starring women considered a gimmick and a movie starring men is just a normal movie?
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… For me there’s so many ways I can go with this because there are so many funny women that’s going to be the hardest thing to narrow down is who to put in. I’ve got a lot of ideas on that but nobody set in stone.
Honestly, the fact that people are outraged about this being an all-female cast is ridiculous. No one gets mad when there's an all-male ensemble like The Expendables (who also added females in the later films), so this shouldn't even be a problem. Of course, the real problem with fans seems to be even thinking about touching something as iconic as Ghostbusters. While we're worried that this could open the floodgates for remakes of other iconic films like Back to the Future and more, we really shouldn't be worried about reboots tainting the movies we love, because at the end of the day, they're completely different movies. Thankfully, Feig realized that, and that's why the film isn't a sequel:
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?
Everything’s got to live on it’s own merits. It would be terrible if we just go, oh we’re just doing an update where we use the same dynamic and scripts. If we just flop four women into the exact same personalities and roles as original, then that’s lazy filmmaking on my behalf, and who wants to see that? 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. So that’s why we’re not remaking a great movie. We’re doing our take on it.
Everything is up for grabs right now. I look at this the same way a superhero movie launches where it’s always fun to see, like, what are they going to do with the costumes this time? What are they going to do with the hardware this time? It’s not going to be, here is the exact same stuff. It’s also not going to go, screw you, if you like that stuff, it’s all completely different. We’re going to have fun with it, but again, bring it into our time period. I’m a big hardware nerd when it comes to sci-fi and all of that so I love all the gear and I love all that. We’re really going to have fun with playing with the science of it. I think fans will be very happy with what we do because it has fun with what came before but it’s new. It’s just a new, fun take on it.
So there you go. This won't be a carbon copy of the original, and they just want to take on a familiar concept with an entirely new approach. Plus, they want to make the film just as scary as it is funny. Feig says, "I think funny people in peril and in danger is one of the best forms of comedy, and I really like things to play very real while funny things are happening. So that’s what both Katie and I really want to do with this one is make it crazy funny but also you’re scared at the same time." The original Ghostbusters has some pretty great scare moments, so this is good to hear.
Finally, since this is a reboot, that means we're not going to see any characters from the original film show up at all, because in this world, they don't exist. But will we still see cameos from the actors in the original films? Feig doesn't rule it out, "Well, I mean, look, those are my comedy heroes. 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." Anyway, we're very interested to see how this all shakes out, and we hope people can go into it with an open mind. Thoughts?