'Ghostbusters' director Paul Feig: No more remakes for me
Paul Feig. (WENN.COM)
Director Paul Feig has sworn off rebooting another classic franchise after facing so much backlash for revamping Ghostbusters.
The Bridesmaids filmmaker remade the 1984 spook hit with an all-female cast, led by Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, but from the moment the news was announced in 2014, franchise fans and critics alike blasted the idea.
The new Ghostbusters was finally released last month and proved to be a hit with most filmgoers, scoring generally positive reviews, and earning $46 million in its opening weekend in North America - making it both Feig and McCarthy’s biggest debut to date.
However, the daunting experience has turned Feig off the thought of tackling another famed film franchise ever again. Instead, he is in favour of sticking to more original material.
Asked if he would do another reboot, he told The Huffington Post, “No, no, no. No, I will not! This one was just too tempting because I knew we could do something with it that was exciting.”
And Feig insists he has no regrets about the headline-grabbing project, which also starred comedians Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, because it was well-received by women and girls.
“It’s such a validation for the years of false controversy,” he said. “Up until then it was me just dealing with a bunch of angry dudes. There’s a whole generation of kids and young people who didn’t have their own Ghostbusters...
“I don’t know why all this was controversy leading up to this, because heroes are heroes,” he concluded. “It doesn’t matter what gender they are.”
The original two Ghostbusters movies starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and the late Harold Ramis as three eccentric parapsychologists who start a ghost-catching business in New York City.