Ghostbusters Reboot- Paul Feig Talks the New and the Old


For a while now we have been hearing about a Ghostbusters reboot. The film will be directed by Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig, and will apparently be an all-female comedy/horror movie. Rebel Wilson and Melissa McCarthy have already talked about how they have had meetings about for the film, and then there were reports that a male-cast film with Chris Pratt and Channing Tatum was being considered (read that article here). But one thing that hasn't been clear is how much of reboot is this film? Is it completely erasing the original film, or is it simply building on it in a modern context? 

In a recent interview, Feig answered some of these questions. You can read what he said here:

“We’re not recreating the old movie but we want to do just enough fun nods that the fans will go, ‘Oh, okay, they’re acknowledging that the other movie existed.’ I like to watch parodies, but I don’t want to do them because they’re too referential. Comedy that’s too referential has such a short shelf life, whereas comedy that’s based around characters will be relatable 2000 years from now because people won’t change that much.”


Nods are always fun in movies, even serious ones. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a very serious movie, yet it was filled with nods to the original. But sometimes, too many winks and nods can get old and tiring, and it's good that Feig acknowledges that. Ghostbusters is a property that can afford to have the references without compromising the movie, and I think Feig will be able to find a good balance so that the whole movie isn't, as he puts it, a parody.

Feig also went on to talk about this reboot's place among the previous two films:

“A lot of people ask why I didn’t create my own thing but ‘Ghostbusters’ never ran out of steam, it’s such a great idea. It’s such a fun franchise so why not bring it to a new generation? The old movie is never going to not exist. It’s not my plan to erase every copy! Hopefully they can all live together.”  


I also agree with what he says here. The original rumors that this movie would erase the continuity of the previous films, I thought, was ludicrous. You don't need to erase those films, because they can perfectly co-exist, and I'm glad that Feig understands that too.

What do you think? Do you like Paul Feig's comments? Are you excited for an all-female Ghostbusters reboot? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.  

Written by: Nate
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