Considering that I still remember very vividly the time I sat down to watch Bridesmaids and barely even smiled during the godawful excuse for a comedy that I sat through let alone laughed, I’m not very positive about director Paul Feig’s upcoming Ghostbusters reboot. It is possible that I may change my mind once I’ve seen his latest picture Spy [The Heat though is one film I’m just not bothered about seeing except maybe on TV], which is out this Friday, though it seems to be another film which assumes that Melissa McCarthy is funny.
Now we all know, to great hostility from some fans, that Feig’s Ghostbusters movie features four women in the lead roles, and it’s been widely circulated that some spin-off movies are planned beginning with an all-male picture probably starring Channin Tatum and probably directed by the Russo Brothers. However, it seems that Feig was asked to do Ghostbusters even before it became a female-centered movie, In an interview with AlloCine, he said:
“I had been contacted several times about doing a sequel for Ghostbusters and I just kept turning it down because I didn’t know how to do it. The scripts had been written, but I couldn’t figure out how to do it. I wasn’t excited about it. So finally, one day I was like, it’s a great franchise and it’s a great idea, if I was going to do it, how would I do it? And then I thought, if I could put four women in the lead roles, that’s exciting to me. That I know how to do, and I know how to make that funny. And there’s so many funny women I’ve been dying to work with. Obviously Melissa and Kristen are in it, but then Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, who are so funny. It just seemed like the way to do it.
Then I thought, I’d rather do it as a reboot so I’m not tied to the old movies. The old movies are so good, I didn’t want to mess with them. And I also want to see the beginnings of this group. I want to see people seeing ghosts for the first time, and how they’re going to fight them for the first time, how they develop their technology. So it just got very exciting to me. I just like working with funny women, and that’s all I really like to do with my career.”
Ghostbusters stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, and is produced by the director of the two original films Ivan Reitman. The script is by Feig, Katie Dippold and apparently Harold Ramis, the original’s co-writer.