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Paul Feig says he will feel horrible if he f*cks up the Ghostbusters reboot

03.18.2015

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Director Paul Feig just can't stop talking about the negative fan reaction towards his GHOSTBUSTERS reboot, however he was a little less blunt about it while speaking with Collider. But first, let's get to the new details on the movie from his interview.

Feig confirmed that production will start this June and it will be rated PG-13. The director also says he will be shooting a number of the exteriors in New York, but the interiors will be shot in Boston due to the high cost of filming in New York.

Paul Feig went on to discuss what it is like to tackle a big franchise film for the first time, and the backlash that followed the initial response to his GHOSTBUSTERS plans.

It’s interesting. It’s been challenging. I kind of innocently stepped into this because you know, ‘Oh I love Ghostbusters.’ They were trying to get me to do the sequel and I was like, ‘I don’t wanna do that,’ and then I kind of had this idea of like, ‘Wait what if I do it with these funny women?’ That’s interesting and I have a lot of ideas, and then kind of announced it like, ‘Oh this’ll be fun,’ and then it was like, ‘Oh my God…’

Because the first wave is always huge enthusiasm on the internet. The first wave they’re happy, all the people like you, and then you’re like, ‘That’s great.’ And then it just disseminates out—and it takes like a day—and then all of a sudden you’re like ‘(Gasp) Oh no…’ and it’s just like ‘bam, bam, bam’ you start getting hit.

But Feig says he understands why so many people are against the reboot.

Look, I get it. I’m not one of these guys who’s like, ‘These fuckers!’ These things mean a lot to people. Everything I’ve done up until now has been original stuff… But this is taking on a property that means a lot to people. I was just out of college when I saw the first one, and I loved it. It was a real game-changer in the comedy world for me, but I wasn’t 8 or 9 years old when it came out. The people I’m getting hammered by the most are guys kind of in their late thirties who grew up and ran around their neighborhood in those costumes, and I completely get it. I completely get it. So all you can then do is just, I don’t know what to tell you. I don’t want to say ‘Trust me’ but just go like, ‘Wait!’

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The director also promised he isn't trying to ruin the franchise, and said he will feel terrible if he messes it up.

All I can say is I’m coming into this so pure of heart, just like with Peanuts. I’m not looking to fuck this up. If we do, I will feel horrible and I will flagellate myself until the end of my days. All I can say is I think we’ll pull it off.

When asked about his thoughts on the all-male GHOSTBUSTERS movie being developed by Channing Tatum and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER directors Joe and Anthony Russo, Feig said he is focusing on his own film.

All I can think about is mine. This is something I came onto just because of something I wanted to do, that creatively I thought would be really fun. I know that Ivan [Reitman] is kind of making this deal with Sony, and I get it. If I had a property that big I’d probably do that too. But all I can really care about right now is my four ladies and making the movie as awesome as it can be.

Although I honestly don't think Paul Feig is trying to destroy the GHOSTBUSTERS franchise, that doesn't mean I'm sold on his vision for the film or the actresses involved. I'm willing to give it a chance, but I'd be lying if I said I had high expectations for the reboot.

Paul Feig's SPY opens on June 5, 2015, and GHOSTBUSTERS is set to hit theaters on July 22, 2016.

Source: Collider

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