Paul Feig’s ‘Ghostbusters’ Won’t Be A Direct Sequel or Remake

By October 9, 2014

Yesterday, it was revealed that director Paul Feig would be reteaming with his The Heat writer Katie Dippold for a new Ghostbusters movie. This may be the biggest legitimate step toward this film actually happening in the past twenty years, and while there’s still a chance that this project might fall by the wayside, Feig seems pretty confident that he’s the man to bring it to the big screen. As previously mentioned, the movie will primarily feature female cast members in an effort to shake up the formula a little bit, and now Feig has spoken with EW to clarify his stance on making the film with women, what he envisions for it, and more. Head there to read the full interview, but I’ll pull some highlights to share with you here.

First up, Feig’s film will operate in a new world in which the events from the first two Ghostbusters movies never happened.

Yeah. I love origin stories. That’s my favorite thing. I love the first one so much I don’t want to do anything to ruin the memory of that. So it just felt like, let’s just restart it because then we can have new dynamics. I want the technology to be even cooler. I want it to be really scary, and I want it to happen in our world today that hasn’t gone through it so it’s like, oh my God what’s going on?

Everything is up for grabs right now. I look at this the same way a superhero movie launches where it’s always fun to see, like, what are they going to do with the costumes this time? What are they going to do with the hardware this time? It’s not going to be, here is the exact same stuff. It’s also not going to go, screw you, if you like that stuff, it’s all completely different. We’re going to have fun with it, but again, bring it into our time period. I’m a big hardware nerd when it comes to sci-fi and all of that so I love all the gear and I love all that. We’re really going to have fun with playing with the science of it. I think fans will be very happy with what we do because it has fun with what came before but it’s new. It’s just a new, fun take on it.

He also spoke about the backlash to the idea of an all-female cast, and brought up some issues that Hollywood has with women in general:

I just don’t understand why it’s ever an issue anymore. I’ve promoted both Bridesmaids and The Heat and myself and my cast are still hit constantly with the question, “will this answer the question of whether women can be funny?” I really cannot believe we’re still having this conversation. Some people accused it of kind of being a gimmick and it’s like, it would be a gimmick if I wasn’t somebody whose brain doesn’t automatically go to like, I want to just do more stuff with women. I just find funny women so great. For me it’s just more of a no-brainer. I just go, what would make me excited to do it? I go: four female Ghostbusters to me is really fun. I want to see that dynamic. I want to see that energy and that type of comedy and them going up against these ghosts and going up against human detractors and rivals and that kind of thing. When people accuse it of being a gimmick I go, why is a movie starring women considered a gimmick and a movie starring men is just a normal movie?

And finally, he talked about not doing a straight remake:

Everything’s got to live on it’s own merits. It would be terrible if we just go, oh we’re just doing an update where we use the same dynamic and scripts. If we just flop four women into the exact same personalities and roles as original, then that’s lazy filmmaking on my behalf, and who wants to see that? I don’t want to do a shot by shot update of a movie that existed. It’s the difficult thing about remaking a great movie. So that’s why we’re not remaking a great movie. We’re doing our take on it.

That all actually sounds really great to me. I’m shocked, because after being hammered with update after false update from Dan Aykroyd for the better part of a decade, I was completely turned off to the idea of a new Ghostbusters movie. But it turns out what I actually didn’t want to see is Ghostbusters 3, with the original cast forced back into action in some stupid way. A complete revamp that takes place in a world in which the original two movies never happened sounds like it could be free of the narrative trappings they otherwise would have to use in a sequel, and I think Feig is a funny guy who knows what needs to happen for this thing to work. Consider me psyched.

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