Ghostbusters director, Paul Feig is lamenting the fact that the latest reboot was not as successful as it could have been. When it had been announced, the 2016 movie was praised by a few for the gender-swapping of major roles. But a minority of the original movies’ fans were against the reboot and they launched a campaign in order to make the movie’s trailer the most disliked one.
The Ghostbusters reboot had starred Melissa McCarthy ( Dr. Abigail Yates), Kristen Wiig ( Dr. Erin Gilbert), Kate McKinnon ( Dr. Jillian Holtzmann), and Leslie Jones (Patricia Tolan), with Chris Hemsworth (Kevin Beckman) While the movie had earned mixed-to-positive reviews, it had been chastised by many people and eventually the movie grossed $229.1 million at the worldwide box office. It was not enough to justify a sequel for the same.
The reboot hit the theaters one year ago and the director has now spoken out about the movie. He had expressed his disappointment that Ghostbusters was not as successful as he had hoped that it would be.
“I think it kind of hampered us a little bit because the movie became so much of a cause. I think for some of our audience, they were like, ‘What the f***? We don’t wanna go to a cause. We just wanna watch a f***in’ movie.’ It was a great regret in my life that the movie didn’t do better, ’cause I really loved it. It’s not a perfect movie. None of my movies are perfect. I liked what we were doing with it. It was only supposed to be there to entertain people.”
Ghostbusters became the poster-child for a new trend of remaking classic movies with a female-led, cast. Although the movie did not kickstart this trend, it had paved the way for the studios to pursue many more female-led remakes. Some people questioned if Ghostbusters and the female-led remakes were any signs of the film industry progressing or just pandering to audiences for a quick buck.
Sony Pictures does not have any plans to pursue a sequel. This does not mean that the franchise will be shelved. The studio and the co-creator, Dan Aykroyd, are now looking for ways to adapt the Ghostbusters and make an animation.