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Director Paul Feig addresses backlash over Ghostbusters trailer

05.20.2016

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The GHOSTBUSTERS reboot may be the most anticipated comedy of the summer, but its first trailer is the most disliked movie trailer in YouTube history, and co-writer and director Paul Feig addressed the overwhelmingly negative reactions to the trailer during an interview with Famous Monsters Of Filmland.

We have over 60 million hits, so let’s put it in context a little bit. … All I can ask is, people, either give us a chance, or you don’t have to see it. I’m really proud of it.

Feig went on to praise cast members Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, telling the magazine, "I’m so proud of my cast. I think the cast is so good, and they can stand in the footsteps of who came before, because they’re such funny people but they’re different. That’s all you really want out of a comedy at the end of the day, is something different and new, and to just see great people do it.”

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A couple of days ago we saw the release of a second trailer, which was an improvement over the first, however it really didn't do much to quell fans' concerns about the reboot. Feig admitted that the trailers for his movies usually aren't great, before adding “everyone has a million different ideas of what this movie is going to be.”

I think a lot of people thought we were going to take the original script and just flip it, so that Melissa’s going to be Venkman, and Kate’s going to be Ray Stantz! And you’re like, ‘well, no, we would never do that.’ Nobody knows what you’re doing, so it could be anything. For us, we just needed to plant a flag and go, ‘here’s kind of how some of the stuff in the movie is!

Feig is definitely right about the trailer for his films. SPY, for example, looked absolutely awful based on the trailers, however it ended up being a very solid comedy. I'll give your movie an unbiased chance, Mr. Feig, but I have a feeling that I'm in the minority here.

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1:02AM on 05/24/2016
This guy is a whiny obnoxious dickhead! Let this terrible remake bomb hard.
This guy is a whiny obnoxious dickhead! Let this terrible remake bomb hard.
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12:37PM on 05/22/2016

GB was never a pure comedy

The thing I don't see people discussing, which is my main beef, is that Ghostbusters was a Sci-Fi/Horror Comedy. You could have taken all the jokes out, which were mostly improvised by Murray anyway, and it still would have been a solid movie. This movie is a slapstick comedy with bad CGI ghosts. The entire tone is different. It looks ridiculous.
The thing I don't see people discussing, which is my main beef, is that Ghostbusters was a Sci-Fi/Horror Comedy. You could have taken all the jokes out, which were mostly improvised by Murray anyway, and it still would have been a solid movie. This movie is a slapstick comedy with bad CGI ghosts. The entire tone is different. It looks ridiculous.
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12:36PM on 05/21/2016
"Thatís all you really want out of a comedy at the end of the day, is something different and new" - Paul Fieg

So let's just remake a classic movie instead of actually making something NEW and DIFFERENT, makes perfect sense.

I saw someone try describing movie remakes like cover songs. They still like the original, but they like the cover song too. But when it comes to movies, it's not really a cover song in the traditional sense of the word, it's more cover song in the P. Diddy sense
"Thatís all you really want out of a comedy at the end of the day, is something different and new" - Paul Fieg

So let's just remake a classic movie instead of actually making something NEW and DIFFERENT, makes perfect sense.

I saw someone try describing movie remakes like cover songs. They still like the original, but they like the cover song too. But when it comes to movies, it's not really a cover song in the traditional sense of the word, it's more cover song in the P. Diddy sense of the word. We're going to take the basic idea/melody of the song, and then we're going to change everything.

And in regards to Spy being a good movie, yes I agree, I enjoyed Spy. But Spy is NOT the kind of movie that Ghostbusters should be. That movie was funny but in a cartoonish over the top way. The original Ghostbusters never really went cartoonish beyond the look of some of the ghosts like Staypuft. it had cast of quirky characters, but never really went for slap stick. and for anyone that wants to say Ghostbusters was a kids movie, there's a blowjob joke in the movie. it is the sort that will go right over a kids head, but it's there.
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7:17PM on 05/20/2016

Deadpool trailer

Deadpool had no funny trailers(your face looks like...) however ive been told my many how damn funny it is. Many men cant find women funny so theres no chance they will like it. But unless you watch the movie, dont get so worked up over how bad it is. And btw i bet watching original ghostbuster trailers will have no laughs.
Deadpool had no funny trailers(your face looks like...) however ive been told my many how damn funny it is. Many men cant find women funny so theres no chance they will like it. But unless you watch the movie, dont get so worked up over how bad it is. And btw i bet watching original ghostbuster trailers will have no laughs.
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4:43PM on 05/20/2016
I've never liked Feig's movies, so I doubt I'll like this one. I'll wait to DVD to see it.
I've never liked Feig's movies, so I doubt I'll like this one. I'll wait to DVD to see it.
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4:14PM on 05/20/2016
Your Ghostbusters trailer is THE most unliked video on youTube. Enough said.
Your Ghostbusters trailer is THE most unliked video on youTube. Enough said.
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3:19PM on 05/20/2016

This director..

is a moron. And needs to be fired ASAP. What people expected and wanted was a ghostbusters movie not a a bridesmaid movie with chicks dressing up as ghostbusters. Theres not one good thing about the movie paul. The movie is garbage. Plain and simple.
is a moron. And needs to be fired ASAP. What people expected and wanted was a ghostbusters movie not a a bridesmaid movie with chicks dressing up as ghostbusters. Theres not one good thing about the movie paul. The movie is garbage. Plain and simple.
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2:25PM on 05/20/2016

Yeah, not a single laugh in the trailer....

The scene where the ghost throws up on her is funny (and probably needs the South Park treatment where it just keeps going until it stops being funny.....then keeps going until it's funny again), but there literally wasn't a single laugh in this.
The scene where the ghost throws up on her is funny (and probably needs the South Park treatment where it just keeps going until it stops being funny.....then keeps going until it's funny again), but there literally wasn't a single laugh in this.
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1:07PM on 05/20/2016
Looks like someone told him to chill the fuck out on the rants... or the editor had a field day toning it down.
Looks like someone told him to chill the fuck out on the rants... or the editor had a field day toning it down.
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1:05PM on 05/20/2016
If the line ' ok I don't know if its a sexist or a race thing' is evidence of the best this film has to offer then I am definitely out.
If the line ' ok I don't know if its a sexist or a race thing' is evidence of the best this film has to offer then I am definitely out.
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1:14PM on 05/20/2016
It wasn't even a funny line...
It wasn't even a funny line...
2:25PM on 05/20/2016
Exactly MechaKacho, Exactly
Exactly MechaKacho, Exactly
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12:52PM on 05/20/2016
I can't say I have a strong opinion one way or another. The trailers give the impression that this could be on the same level as RIPD. That said, if it gets good reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, I'll probably go see it. If not, I won't. I think most of the hate ultimately has to do with bitterness that we will never get a proper Ghostbusters 3 with the original cast. However, the chances of such a movie being any good (rather than being like Ghostbusters 2) are slim to none anyway, so I'm over
I can't say I have a strong opinion one way or another. The trailers give the impression that this could be on the same level as RIPD. That said, if it gets good reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, I'll probably go see it. If not, I won't. I think most of the hate ultimately has to do with bitterness that we will never get a proper Ghostbusters 3 with the original cast. However, the chances of such a movie being any good (rather than being like Ghostbusters 2) are slim to none anyway, so I'm over it.
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1:12PM on 05/20/2016
There is no way this gets higher than a 40% on RT and that is being generous...
There is no way this gets higher than a 40% on RT and that is being generous...
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12:02PM on 05/20/2016
This thing is going to bomb of The Lone Ranger proportions.
This thing is going to bomb of The Lone Ranger proportions.
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1:23PM on 05/20/2016
Lone Ranger was better looking than this.
Lone Ranger was better looking than this.
4:16PM on 05/20/2016
Not sure this comment makes any sense considering The Lone Ranger's budget was probably double what they spent on this. That's part of the reason the former flopped so hard.
Not sure this comment makes any sense considering The Lone Ranger's budget was probably double what they spent on this. That's part of the reason the former flopped so hard.
10:13AM on 05/21/2016
I'd bet $ against u. Not talking quality, but a fast paced ghost action comedy film starring 3 women with different degrees of fans and Thor over a slow western that had Depp hidden. GB will def make some $. I can understand that u think it looks bad, but so does ride along and transformers. How do u not understand that? And McCarthys really shitty films by her husband do pretty well
I'd bet $ against u. Not talking quality, but a fast paced ghost action comedy film starring 3 women with different degrees of fans and Thor over a slow western that had Depp hidden. GB will def make some $. I can understand that u think it looks bad, but so does ride along and transformers. How do u not understand that? And McCarthys really shitty films by her husband do pretty well
11:39AM on 05/20/2016
The thing is, you are talking about a a more than 30 year old comedic masterpiece here. You can't tell me you're surprised people didn't want it rebooted, that would just sound ignorant. The truth is, the flick doesn't look funny right now, and when you know they're trying to connect to a classic that is still widely enjoyed to the point where you can catch in theaters thirty years later, it can make people even more bitter. I didn't think this was a good idea before the trailers, but I don't
The thing is, you are talking about a a more than 30 year old comedic masterpiece here. You can't tell me you're surprised people didn't want it rebooted, that would just sound ignorant. The truth is, the flick doesn't look funny right now, and when you know they're trying to connect to a classic that is still widely enjoyed to the point where you can catch in theaters thirty years later, it can make people even more bitter. I didn't think this was a good idea before the trailers, but I don't think you'd need a genius, or a crazy internet fanboy to tell you that.
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10:51AM on 05/20/2016

Paul Feig is proud of his turds... So it comes as no surprise that he is proud of this shit

The trailers have been aimed towards young kids who never saw the live action Scooby Doo movies. I don't get why they are alienating everyone older than 10. The trailers aren't funny, the cast sucks, the story sounds more like a Scooby Doo whodunnit than an actual Ghosbusters film. Also, people are getting confused thinking its the Stay Puft Marshamallow Man when it is clearly a CGI Ghostbuster logo roaming the streets. I can't believe they can't get the actors to look where the ghosts are
The trailers have been aimed towards young kids who never saw the live action Scooby Doo movies. I don't get why they are alienating everyone older than 10. The trailers aren't funny, the cast sucks, the story sounds more like a Scooby Doo whodunnit than an actual Ghosbusters film. Also, people are getting confused thinking its the Stay Puft Marshamallow Man when it is clearly a CGI Ghostbuster logo roaming the streets. I can't believe they can't get the actors to look where the ghosts are supposed to be either. This just looks rushed and really bad. Let it burn!
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12:44PM on 05/20/2016
I don't know what you're talking about, the live action Scooby Doo movies are fantastic!
I don't know what you're talking about, the live action Scooby Doo movies are fantastic!
6:36AM on 05/21/2016
Oh I get it. Proud of his turds so he's proud of this shit, BC turd is a synonym for shit. What about his other films? Bridesmaids had good reviews from both critics (90% rottentomatoes - "oh that's just critics who get free schwag"). Well, "regular folks" gave it a 6.8 on IMDb and 75 on metacritic. It was budgeted as $32.5 mill, and grossed over $288 in theaters. It was Apatow's biggest hit, really hyped, and Im pretty sure the girl u wanna fuck was even nominated for an Oscar. And you
Oh I get it. Proud of his turds so he's proud of this shit, BC turd is a synonym for shit. What about his other films? Bridesmaids had good reviews from both critics (90% rottentomatoes - "oh that's just critics who get free schwag"). Well, "regular folks" gave it a 6.8 on IMDb and 75 on metacritic. It was budgeted as $32.5 mill, and grossed over $288 in theaters. It was Apatow's biggest hit, really hyped, and Im pretty sure the girl u wanna fuck was even nominated for an Oscar. And you know what? I don't think I laughed more than twice, but I'm clearly in the minority.

So what ab the heat? Bigger budget, and more of a mainstream comedy, but still an overall successful. 65% at rottentomatoes, 60% at metacritic, and 6.6% at IMDb. The film was kind of a predictable buddy cop movie but it made 230$ mill on a $43 mill budget. It take that sophomore slump.

And then the wonderful Spy, an incredibly hilarious movie that Feig wrote, directed, and made outside the studio. Rottentomatoes = 94%. Metacritic = 75%. IMDB = 7.1. It is an expensive indie, but it's absolutely an indie. Made 235 on 65. How'd he get all those stars I wonder? Movie had greeeeeat action, great homage to spy movies, doesn't just do fat jokes, and was hilarious tho I doubt you say it (I think there were subtitles).

But anyone could get lucky on 3 movies....oh wait. He was a part of heavyweights, freaks and geeks, arrested development, knocked up, walk hard, the office and more.

Gbusters might suck. It looks mediocre, but the man has proven he has talent. Also, u have terrrrible jokes

Well there's no point in reading anything u attempt to say. Prec u giving me the heads up.
3:57PM on 05/22/2016
Bealzf wins this one. As much as fans try shitting all over Fieg, the guy has had great success and has been a part of some of my favorite things like heavyweights and freaks and geeks. Just about everyone that has shit all over the trailers too I'm sure went into watching them already determined to hate it.
Bealzf wins this one. As much as fans try shitting all over Fieg, the guy has had great success and has been a part of some of my favorite things like heavyweights and freaks and geeks. Just about everyone that has shit all over the trailers too I'm sure went into watching them already determined to hate it.
10:36AM on 05/20/2016

It'll make money

Despite a lot fans of the original ripping this thing apart, itll make money for the sheer fact of who's involved. Feig hasn't made a flop yet, and in a summer filled with sequels, this fits into that niche for people who want something a little different.
Despite a lot fans of the original ripping this thing apart, itll make money for the sheer fact of who's involved. Feig hasn't made a flop yet, and in a summer filled with sequels, this fits into that niche for people who want something a little different.
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10:43AM on 05/20/2016
Hopefully it leaks and prevents that.
Hopefully it leaks and prevents that.
11:04AM on 05/20/2016
I think it may make some on its opening weekend, but I'm pretty sure Star Trek and Ice Age will leave it forgotten the following week.
I think it may make some on its opening weekend, but I'm pretty sure Star Trek and Ice Age will leave it forgotten the following week.
10:22AM on 05/20/2016
More & more the leak about the films plotline and VERY troubled production is proving to be true. People who are loyal to the original are being accused of just being against strong female characters.
The trailer just does not look funny. Also there seems to be a weird 'feel' to it reminding people of the film Pixels which seemed to be done just for a paycheck.
More & more the leak about the films plotline and VERY troubled production is proving to be true. People who are loyal to the original are being accused of just being against strong female characters.
The trailer just does not look funny. Also there seems to be a weird 'feel' to it reminding people of the film Pixels which seemed to be done just for a paycheck.
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10:27AM on 05/20/2016
What troubled production? There's no Fantastic Four story here. A friend of mine worked on this and the shoot was nothing but smooth sailing.
What troubled production? There's no Fantastic Four story here. A friend of mine worked on this and the shoot was nothing but smooth sailing.
12:46PM on 05/20/2016
Yeah, why is it I only ever hear about "production troubles" on this movie in the Joblo comments section? Where'd this ridiculous rumor come from, because it certainly isn't from any source I've ever seen..
Yeah, why is it I only ever hear about "production troubles" on this movie in the Joblo comments section? Where'd this ridiculous rumor come from, because it certainly isn't from any source I've ever seen..
10:01AM on 05/20/2016
I've decided to give this movie a chance. I think the large majority of people are only hating on it because they've bought into mob mentality. My only criticism so far is that Leslie Jones' comedy seems to clash with the rest of the comedy on display. But again, most of what I'm seeing is out of context, so I could be wrong. But overall, it's Ghostbusters and the movie seems very much in the spirit of Ghostbusters, and I enjoy the hell out of this cast. I'm sure this will get downvoted
I've decided to give this movie a chance. I think the large majority of people are only hating on it because they've bought into mob mentality. My only criticism so far is that Leslie Jones' comedy seems to clash with the rest of the comedy on display. But again, most of what I'm seeing is out of context, so I could be wrong. But overall, it's Ghostbusters and the movie seems very much in the spirit of Ghostbusters, and I enjoy the hell out of this cast. I'm sure this will get downvoted b/c a bunch of bitchy fanboys have a stick up their ass about females being the lead roles of a movie to update a franchise that hasn't been touched in 30 years. But, whatever....
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5:46AM on 05/21/2016
I agree with u for the most part. DEF a mob mentality. And the movie doesn't look bad. It doesn't look great, but there's hundreds of movies that look worse each year. The only thing I disagree on is Leslie Jones; I don't really know much about her, but she doesn't seem funny at all.
I agree with u for the most part. DEF a mob mentality. And the movie doesn't look bad. It doesn't look great, but there's hundreds of movies that look worse each year. The only thing I disagree on is Leslie Jones; I don't really know much about her, but she doesn't seem funny at all.
9:51AM on 05/20/2016
Feig seems calmer now than he was with other previous backlashes. I'm sure he'll need to be a lot calmer when the movie is finally released.
Feig seems calmer now than he was with other previous backlashes. I'm sure he'll need to be a lot calmer when the movie is finally released.
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9:51AM on 05/20/2016

Probably going to flop...

McCarthy + Feig usually equals comedy gold(and $$$), whenever they've teamed up it's been hilarious. In a crowded summer I just have no desire to see this movie, I'll probably check it out on HBO or red box though...
McCarthy + Feig usually equals comedy gold(and $$$), whenever they've teamed up it's been hilarious. In a crowded summer I just have no desire to see this movie, I'll probably check it out on HBO or red box though...
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