So we know that Paul Feig is going to direct an all female Ghostbusters movie. Now we’re starting to get details on exactly what kind of movie he intends to make, and for people who worry about boring retreads and unoriginal sequels, this should all seem like good news.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Feig put his intentions out there without much ambiguity. The film will be a total reboot, set in a world where the first two films never happened, with what sounds like very little arbitrary chasing of what went down in those movies.
Here’s the big money quote:
Yeah. 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?
So what we have is basically a film about some ladies who fight ghosts that happens to be called Ghostbusters. Obviously it’ll be a comedy, but I love that Feig wants to make it scary. He mentions later in the interview how he and writer Katie Dippold are both obsessed with how to make comedy frightening. Whether they succeed at that remains to be seen, but I love that they’re going to give that strange and probably very difficult tone a shot.
Still, from the sound of the interview, details regarding this project are very much up in the air, and it will take time before any of this stuff solidifies. Nevertheless, it sounds like Ghostbusters, a film I don’t think anyone really wanted save for Dan Aykroyd, might be in good hands after all.