‘Ghostbusters’ Director Paul Feig Responds to Online Backlash

By March 13, 2015

The Ghostbusters have managed to show up in the news a lot lately, from the rumors about Channing Tatum’s role in producing an additional film, to Sony creating a new production banner that’s geared toward the creation of, potentially, an entire Ghostbusters cinematic universe. The project that got the ball rolling on new Ghostbusters material in the first place, though, was director Paul Feig’s in-development film focusing on a new, all-female version of the team. Some vocal fans responded to this concept with outrage, and now the director himself has chimed in about it.

In an interview with Variety conducted during promotion of his new film Spy premiering at SXSW, Feig spoke about the response to the film’s announcement with amusement and curiosity more than anything else. He said,

The Internet is really funny – I love it, but I hate it at the same time. The first wave when you make an announcement like that is overwhelmingly positive. Everyone’s so happy and you’re like, ‘This is great.’ Then comes the second wave and you’re like, ‘Oh my God. Some of the most vile, misogynistic s**t I’ve ever seen in my life.’

Feig was also surprisingly candid when he said how he generally reacts to the criticism and outrage on Twitter: by actually looking their profile up on the microblogging service. The difference between what he expects to find and what he actually finds, though, is sometimes pretty large.

I figure it’s some wacked-out teenager. But almost constantly it’s someone who’s bio says ‘Proud father of two!’ And has some high-end job. You’re raising children and yet you’re bashing me about putting women in my movie?

Feig also clearly pointed out that his focus is just on his film, and any other rumblings about other exploitations of the Ghostbusters property aren’t really entering into his daily life with the franchise. When asked about the newly rumored film with Tatum and potentially Chris Pratt involved, the director was frank in saying that he doesn’t know much about it.

I’d heard some rumblings about it. Who knew there were so many ghosts to be busted in the world? […] All I know is my ladies are going to kick ass and I would not want to go into battle without them.

The Paul Feig-directed Ghostbusters is expected to begin shooting this year, and will star Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Melissa McCarthy. For more on the film as it develops, be sure to keep a tab open to GeekNation.

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As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • Mildred

    i see nothing wrong with an all girls version…seems very appealing to me

  • DHaywood

    everybody is getting really heated about this!

  • JeffreyJ

    i dunno…he should just let ghostbusters be, not completely ruin it for everyone

  • Willie

    idk what the big deal is doesnt everyone have the right to make art???

  • M o L l Y

    if you don’t like the idea, its simple…just dont watch it!

  • Muhranduh

    lol he didn’t take anything personally good for him