What convinced Paul Feig to do Ghostbusters?

What convinced Paul Feig to do Ghostbusters?

Paul Feig the creator of Freaks and Geeks, director of Bridesmaids and writer/director of the recent comedy Spy, is of course attached to the female-led Ghostbusters film which is currently filming. Ghostbusters reunites Feig with Melissa McCarthy alongside Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

It’s taken many years for any form of new Ghostbusters film to finally happen, Ghostbusters 3 appeared to be an on again/off again project countless times with a number of reincarnations involving Dan Akroyd and Ivan Reitman however ultimately none of those versions came to fruition.

Feig has revealed some insights into his decision making process for this Ghostbusters film, particularly his reluctance to be involve in a simple sequel to the previous films, instead preferring a reinvention/new approach to the idea.

Specifically Feig has been quoted as follows;

I had been contacted several times about doing a sequel for Ghostbusters and I just kept turning it down because I didn’t know how to do it. The scripts had been written, but I couldn’t figure out how to do it. I wasn’t excited about it.

So finally, one day I was like, it’s a great franchise and it’s a great idea, if I was going to do it, how would I do it? And then I thought, if I could put four women in the lead roles, that’s exciting to me. That I know how to do, and I know how to make that funny. And there’s so many funny women I’ve been dying to work with. Obviously Melissa and Kristen are in it, but then Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, who are so funny. It just seemed like the way to do it.

Then I thought, I’d rather do it as a reboot so I’m not tied to the old movies. The old movies are so good, I didn’t want to mess with them. And I also want to see the beginnings of this group. I want to see people seeing ghosts for the first time, and how they’re going to fight them for the first time, how they develop their technology. So it just got very exciting to me. I just like working with funny women, and that’s all I really like to do with my career.

With such a long gap in films it’s understandable why this approach would apeal to Feig, particulaly given his desire to explore a new perspective on the series, including a sense of discovery, rather than blending something in to fit with the previous films. Certainly by the sounds of his comments Feig has maintained creative control on this one, so it’s looking extremely likely that the final film delivered will be his uncompromised take on the series. 

While there’s been speculation of a Ghostbusters cinematic universe, with a male led series running in parallel, the Feig-reboot appears to be the only version with real traction at this point. If its box office take is impressive enough though, no doubt there will be further films put on the fast track.

For now however, the next Ghostbusters film is scheduled for a mid-2016 release.

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.