Paul Feig Defends The Idea of Rebooting GHOSTBUSTERS

He explains why he's not interested in making a sequel, and how he sees this movie very differently than perhaps we do.

One of the big reveals to come out of the Sony hack (well, for nerds, at least. Project Goliath is the actual big newsworthy reveal) was that Paul Feig intends on making his Ghostbusters movie a complete reboot. This was not particularly well-received - I certainly think it's a bad idea - and he defends his reasoning to Empire. 

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.

And now I realize that Paul Feig and I see Ghostbusters in fundamentally different ways and that I kind of wish he would just call this movie something else. See, in the original Ghostbusters the ghost busting does become accepted (although not pedestrian), and quickly. There's a whole montage about it, and that's part of the point of the movie, that this is a job. It's why they hire Winston - they need a new hand, not because he's an expert or a super-scientist. They're ghost janitors!

This is so much an integral part of how I view Ghostbusters (also, I suspect, how everyone involved in the film viewed it) that I can't help but believe Feig's film will be Ghostbusters In Name Only, which means I'm going to just pretend it's called Ghost Breakers and move on with approaching it on its own, free from the franchise, terms. 

Meanwhile he also talks about why he's casting all women in the movie, but at this point I think even asking him about this is stupid and kind of offensive. Nobody needs to advocate for more male representation in movies, we're pretty well covered. In fact we have two Ghostbusters movies that feature all-male teams, so let's give somebody else a chance for at least one movie. 

The weirdest question Empire asks Feig is whether the movie would be R rated, which is like, WHAT? I'll leave it up to your imagination to guess whether Feig intends to have dozens of F-bombs in his Ghostbusters movie. 

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