The all-female reboot of Ghostbusters is now out on Blu-Ray and DVD in an extended cut, and it’s probable that moviegoers will be as afraid of it in home entertainment format as they were going to see it in movie theaters.
But director Paul Feig seems to be pinning the blame on the much-loved original 1984 movie. “We had such a reverence for it,” Feig said promoting the movie at the Apple Store in SoHo, Manhattan, “and when we were at the heart of everyone being so angry at us, ‘[it was like] just wait and see the movie’! There are so many references to the old film — there might be too many.”
The reboot, which starred Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Kristen Wiig, included countless references to the original. It featured cameos from original Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, nods to the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Slimer, and Egon Spengler and new twists on the movie’s iconic phrases such as “This chick is toast” and “Venkman, Burn in Hell.”
Feig declined the opportunity to apologize for his remake which performed well below expectations at the box office, in addition to annoying many devotees of the original and undermining reviewers, and killed Sony’s hopes for a brand new Ghostbusters franchise.
“I understand some people are mad it wasn’t a sequel,” Feig said. “I more have a problem with the people that are mad because the cast are women. They gotta deal with that themselves.”
He added: “We had the Ecto 1, proton packs, the traps, the logo and the song — no way were we going to make it without the song. We were almost afraid we were too reverential. You’ve seen properties that have the classic song but don’t play it in the sequel. We knew that when we did opening sequence credits and we didn’t play it, you can’t start the film. So it had to be Ray Parker’s song!”
The dapper Feig then shifted the responsibility onto the new generation: “We had to tell our own origin story and make a movie for a new generation. The touchstones buoyed us and we figured it would all sort itself out. The last sequel was 25 years old and there were kids who knew nothing about it so we wanted them to have their own Ghostbusters to wear for Halloween. There could be the old Ghostbusters meeting the new ones.”
Like the sequels, don’t count on that happening…