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Paul Feig explains why he's doing a Play-Doh film; plus more on Ghostbusters

04.03.2015

Unless you've repressed it from your memory you're likely still scratching your head over yesterday's news that a Play-Doh film is in development with Paul Feig attached to direct. Believe it or not, but Paul Feig had the same reaction himself before coming around to the idea. Feig spoke to Yahoo Movies today and revealed his first impressions:

Honestly, when it was first brought to me and they asked ‘Can you make a movie out of this?’ I thought the same thing, like ‘What the f—- do you do with that?’, but if you think about it, it’s just claymation. All Play-Doh is is multi-colored clay. What greater playing thing?

I realized yesterday that I needed to keep an open-mind about this project; after all, I had similar thoughts about THE LEGO MOVIE in the beginning and that ended up being a very fun film. Paul Feig is hoping you'll extend a similar courtesy to his Play-Doh move and just wait to hear more.

The problem with the business in general is that stuff gets announced and nobody knows any context for what you’re going to do or what your idea is, and so all they have is the ability to just lose their minds, that happened on Ghostbusters. They come from a place of thinking you’re going to do the absolute worst version of whatever it is that they think you’re going to do…. A lot of times you want to go, ‘Just wait!’

The film was previously reported to be a live-action affair but Feig clarified that it would most likely be a mix of claymation and CGI, which makes much more sense to me than a live-action film.

Speaking of GHOSTBUSTERS, Feig also touched on why he's moving so far away from the original plot and characters:

That’s why I wanted to reboot Ghostbusters, because then I’m not tainting anything other than a general idea if you end up not loving it, versus, ‘oh look what he did with Dan Aykroyd and the Peter Venkman character, that seems like more of a peril than just taking a property and doing it again.

The second GHOSTBUSTERS project from Joe and Anthony Russo, the one which could star Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt, was thought to share the same universe as Paul Feig's film with the intention being that both casts would team up for a future film but according to Feig, that may not be the case:

Honestly, that has nothing to do with us at all, it was a surprise when it was announced, and it remains a surprise. All I’m doing is concentrating on mine.

Now it's possible that Sony is simply waiting to see how GHOSTBUSTERS does before announcing any plans for a larger universe, or perhaps we really will be getting two entirely separate films in the Ghostbusters universe.

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9:28AM on 04/06/2015

Could you please not put his face on your website?

His face is annoying as f*ck.
His face is annoying as f*ck.
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12:16AM on 04/06/2015
Not to be an asshole, but every time he opens his mouth he comes across as a conceited son of a bitch.
Not to be an asshole, but every time he opens his mouth he comes across as a conceited son of a bitch.
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3:02PM on 04/05/2015
wanna punch him in the face.
wanna punch him in the face.
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2:04PM on 04/05/2015
"Flavor of the Month" director answers why he's doing a Play-Doh movie: "Because I'm a whore."
"Flavor of the Month" director answers why he's doing a Play-Doh movie: "Because I'm a whore."
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1:31PM on 04/05/2015

Why give a stop motion project to a guy who forces Melissa McCarthy down everyones throats?

Is his Play-Doh movie just going to be Melissa McCarthy in a green screen suit doing her best imitation of Andy Serkis as Gollum? How is this douche going to work her into this shit too?

The more I hear from this guy the more I really hate him and refuse to see anymore of his crappy films.
Is his Play-Doh movie just going to be Melissa McCarthy in a green screen suit doing her best imitation of Andy Serkis as Gollum? How is this douche going to work her into this shit too?

The more I hear from this guy the more I really hate him and refuse to see anymore of his crappy films.
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3:57PM on 04/04/2015
"All Play-Doh is is multi-colored clay. What greater playing thing?"

A Paul Feig voodoo doll?
"All Play-Doh is is multi-colored clay. What greater playing thing?"

A Paul Feig voodoo doll?
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3:09PM on 04/04/2015
Feig is turning into a real annoying jerk...he acts like the kid who gets the awesome gift and doesn't want to share with anybody else and wont listen to reason....people want him to do certain things to the GB movie to satisfy fans and settle their nerves but he wont budge at all....agh!
Feig is turning into a real annoying jerk...he acts like the kid who gets the awesome gift and doesn't want to share with anybody else and wont listen to reason....people want him to do certain things to the GB movie to satisfy fans and settle their nerves but he wont budge at all....agh!
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4:23PM on 04/04/2015
Like what?
Like what?
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11:05AM on 04/04/2015
Honestly... Feig built up so much good will with me when he was part of 2 amazing pieces of entertainment: Freaks & Geeks and Heavyweights... that good will has been completely destroyed with everything he has done since! He even still had some left after Unaccompanied Minors... but hiring Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnan for Ghostbusters was my last straw with this hack and now this news just solidifies it!
Honestly... Feig built up so much good will with me when he was part of 2 amazing pieces of entertainment: Freaks & Geeks and Heavyweights... that good will has been completely destroyed with everything he has done since! He even still had some left after Unaccompanied Minors... but hiring Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnan for Ghostbusters was my last straw with this hack and now this news just solidifies it!
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7:14AM on 04/04/2015

Asshat

There is no defending a stupid play-doh movie. Period. My one and only problem with his Ghostbusters movie is the need to make it all female. I don't have an issue with a Ghostbusters sequel or even a reboot. I have an issue with making it all female. Why? At least half of the group he picked is not even consistently funny. The first Ghostbusters was about a group of friends who happened to be scientists that turned new tech into a working man's gig. In the 80's nobody would bat an eye about an
There is no defending a stupid play-doh movie. Period. My one and only problem with his Ghostbusters movie is the need to make it all female. I don't have an issue with a Ghostbusters sequel or even a reboot. I have an issue with making it all female. Why? At least half of the group he picked is not even consistently funny. The first Ghostbusters was about a group of friends who happened to be scientists that turned new tech into a working man's gig. In the 80's nobody would bat an eye about an all male exterminator task force. But by today's standards if any crew was all male or all female, people would bitch. I just feel like it's a forced gag. And I don't like gag's. It's just a bad idea.
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6:27AM on 04/04/2015
I don't mind this guy.I liked most of his films which are kinda funny.I don't mind a Play-Doh movie.Why not?There's a Lego movie and it's pretty good.There's a movie with meatballs and it's pretty good.And there's a lot to do with claymation so yes,why not?And I don't really mind about an all female cast Ghostbusters.I even prefer see that than three sixty something guys trying to fire up the old flame.
I don't mind this guy.I liked most of his films which are kinda funny.I don't mind a Play-Doh movie.Why not?There's a Lego movie and it's pretty good.There's a movie with meatballs and it's pretty good.And there's a lot to do with claymation so yes,why not?And I don't really mind about an all female cast Ghostbusters.I even prefer see that than three sixty something guys trying to fire up the old flame.
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5:21AM on 04/04/2015
Paul explains why he is doing a play doh film.

Bags O Money!
Paul explains why he is doing a play doh film.

Bags O Money!
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2:16AM on 04/04/2015
even the ghosts will get scared after seeing this female gang
even the ghosts will get scared after seeing this female gang
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10:12PM on 04/03/2015
This is why it bothers me when people say "Oh the nerds are complaining". Thing is, WE keep these franchises alive. Marvel's smartest move was observing the fans and using it to not only please fans but to build up their Universe. It's taken time and the first few movies before Avengers were all right at best, but Marvel, in many ways, listened to fans. SDCC doesn't happen if fans don't go or comic readers don't read comics or in general don't support the franchise. We keep it alive.
I'm not
This is why it bothers me when people say "Oh the nerds are complaining". Thing is, WE keep these franchises alive. Marvel's smartest move was observing the fans and using it to not only please fans but to build up their Universe. It's taken time and the first few movies before Avengers were all right at best, but Marvel, in many ways, listened to fans. SDCC doesn't happen if fans don't go or comic readers don't read comics or in general don't support the franchise. We keep it alive.
I'm not saying every franchise should be 100% fans only input, it shouldn't, obviously. If his fear of tainting Ghostbusters by doing this as a reboot in case fans hate it and Paul thinks it's "no big deal", then he shouldn't do it.
If you respect the property you can make a better movie. I don't care if it's all females, but continue from the originals, even post video game. The world is already there, build up on it. I mean, you could easily have an all female and all male in two different movies that link to the originals by being GB Franchises around the U.S. Venkman, Stanz, Zedmore, all 3 could be seen as mentors. The ground work is there and you still have the opportunity to respect the series.
It's fine to market to broader audience so the movie can give to more than just fans, but don't ignore us. That's what key.
We DO NOT need a fan made movie. We just need it to be a fan respected movie.

Paul has no one but himself to blame.
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7:15AM on 04/04/2015
WELL SAID.
WELL SAID.
4:28PM on 04/04/2015
See "we nerds" dont agree though. If they did half the crap "you nerds" wanted then most movies would be self indulgent cheetoh stained crap.
See "we nerds" dont agree though. If they did half the crap "you nerds" wanted then most movies would be self indulgent cheetoh stained crap.
9:27PM on 04/03/2015
"Money" is why.
"Money" is why.
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9:02PM on 04/03/2015
"They come from a place of thinking you’re going to do the absolute worst version"

This is your problem, Paul. Movie fans don't think such things about 90% of directors or their projects. We think it about you and your project. Why? Because in this case details and context are not necessary.

Any Ghostbusters film without the original crew would be met with skepticism, but when you proudly announce that you are abandoning everything that made Ghostbusters Ghostbusters, it doesn't matter
"They come from a place of thinking you’re going to do the absolute worst version"

This is your problem, Paul. Movie fans don't think such things about 90% of directors or their projects. We think it about you and your project. Why? Because in this case details and context are not necessary.

Any Ghostbusters film without the original crew would be met with skepticism, but when you proudly announce that you are abandoning everything that made Ghostbusters Ghostbusters, it doesn't matter what alternative idea you have for it, be it with a female cast or male, you are asking to be hated or at least untrusted.

The fact that you've made giving women more opportunities in comedy an integral part of your life's work should be applauded. But when you insert your personal goals into one of the most beloved franchises of all time, how can anyone believe you have the franchises best interest at heart. Franchise film making is a very different animal than making a standalone film. Franchises exist because fans will them to exist. If an overwhelming majority of the franchises fan disagree with your ideas, you should listen. In many ways the franchise belongs more to them than you or the film studio.

While some have negative opinions about the individual women you've cast in this film, I personally think they are all gifted in their own ways and deserve the opportunity to work on a project of this scope, but not this particular project. If your brought these four together for an original project, I, and I'm sure many others, would be excited for it. They deserve better than the scorn they are receiving. They deserve an original film to make their very own, not to try and reinvent the work that four men have already done.

In the end, you are simply hurting your own cause, and disappointing Ghostbusters fans the world over.

This is not a problem with the business in general, this is a problem with you and, buddy, you brought it upon yourself.
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9:24PM on 04/03/2015
Fully agree.
Fully agree.
10:00PM on 04/03/2015
Amen
Amen
5:23AM on 04/04/2015
Preach on brotha Jay!

Yah his next project is going to be an all new version of Bridesmaids with an all male cast.
Preach on brotha Jay!

Yah his next project is going to be an all new version of Bridesmaids with an all male cast.
7:17AM on 04/04/2015
AMEN.
AMEN.
8:39PM on 04/03/2015
Please just go away. Far, far away.
Please just go away. Far, far away.
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8:47PM on 04/03/2015
My sentiments exactly.
My sentiments exactly.
6:52PM on 04/03/2015
If he doesn't want to taint original Ghostbusters, just don't name this upcoming movie GHOSTBUSTERS!
If he doesn't want to taint original Ghostbusters, just don't name this upcoming movie GHOSTBUSTERS!
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