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Paul Feig still has hopes for a Ghostbusters sequel

11.01.2016

The GHOSTBUSTERS reboot is officially out on Blu-ray and, contrary to what some thought would happen, the world is not engulfed in Hellfire. The movie had all kinds of critics ranging from internet trolls to concerned fans. In the end the movie made a fair amount of money, just not enough to ensure a sequel, despite Sony's plans for a massive universe surrounding the characters and the paranormal world. Though sequel talks have died down, director Paul Feig is still on board shall they decide to bring the gals back for a second go.

While talking with The Daily Beast, Feig discussed everything from the election to making movies with strong female casts, but in the end expressed his desire to revisit the new team and give the characters another shot, despite the odds not looking too good:

“That’s up to the studio because they have to pay for it. Nobody’s called me. But I love those characters and I know they are now heroes and mean a lot to a lot of people, so in a perfect world it would be great if we could see them bust more ghosts, kick more ass, and be awesome again.”

The movie was surrounded with negativity from the get-go, with people going as far as to discredit the movie for misogynistic reasons. However, many didn't want it simply because they didn’t want to see a classic get the remake treatment. Regardless, the past is behind us, and now that the movie is available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital platforms, and Feig is happy people have been contacting him with tons of positive support and feedback:

“Now that the movie’s kind of past all that stuff and we’re out on DVD and streaming on digital, I get contacted all day long over social media by women thanking me for the movie, and girls and young women sending me pictures of themselves in their modern-day Ghostbusters costumes. I even get tweets from women saying, ‘If this movie was around when I was younger I’d maybe be an engineer now, because I see these cool women who are scientists.’ So I hope the world will go, wow, we got upset over something that we really didn’t need to get upset over. I’m hoping that time will rehabilitate us.”

We have heard reports there was "no doubt" the film would be getting a sequel, given the potential for revenue outside of the box office, including at-home release, games, merchandise, etc. However, the box office loss was a lot bigger than expected, so the odds of a sequel have been put in the maybe pile.

Though the movie was far from perfect I had a fun time with it. The cast was great and it had an infectious vibe, despite its flaws. Still, regardless of pre-release backlash, many not did not like the movie based on its merits, which is understandable. For those who did like the movie, though, there's hope it will find a bigger audience in the long run. Whether or not that means Feig will get a second shot is up in the air, but his passion is admirable. Let's just hope his sequel will have less possession-induced dancing than this first one did.

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8:18AM on 11/02/2016
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4:03AM on 11/02/2016

If this movie was around when I was younger Id maybe be an engineer now

This movie was around when I was younger and I'm not an engineer now.
Those people aren't delusional at all.
This movie was around when I was younger and I'm not an engineer now.
Those people aren't delusional at all.
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2:10AM on 11/02/2016

i see morons

Paul the public has spoken the movie suxed we didn't like it. We didn't want it. Plus insulting your audience calling them arseholes etc is not good. Let it die paul its over its done its dead
Paul the public has spoken the movie suxed we didn't like it. We didn't want it. Plus insulting your audience calling them arseholes etc is not good. Let it die paul its over its done its dead
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11:34PM on 11/01/2016
It was boring. Plain and simple, it was boring and not funny.

The SFX were amazing, but that cant help a boring script.

And of course, Leslie Jones was annoying as shit, the only role she k ows how to play. If she had ANY range as an actress and didnt ONLY play the same character all the time (SNL and every movie she is in)

just bad!

(and yes, i own all other Paul Feig directed movies, when done right, like SPY, you get a great comedy with a great female lead)
It was boring. Plain and simple, it was boring and not funny.

The SFX were amazing, but that cant help a boring script.

And of course, Leslie Jones was annoying as shit, the only role she k ows how to play. If she had ANY range as an actress and didnt ONLY play the same character all the time (SNL and every movie she is in)

just bad!

(and yes, i own all other Paul Feig directed movies, when done right, like SPY, you get a great comedy with a great female lead)
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11:31PM on 11/01/2016

Women are funny... Get Over It!!!

Guys, women are funny... Get over it!
Guys, women are funny... Get over it!
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11:20PM on 11/01/2016
Fuck you Paul Feig!!!!
Fuck you Paul Feig!!!!
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9:26PM on 11/01/2016

The Female Cast Isn't the Problem

The reboot was just a bad movie. That's the end of it. I wish so bad that people didn't jump the gun hating on this movie when the trailers were released because that gave Feig and everyone else involved an excuse for the (relatively) poor reception at the box office. I would go on to say that the movie has BETTER ratings than it deserves, simply for reviewers not wanting to be labeled sexist or misogynistic. Bottom line, the movie was a turd. If they kept everything the same and switched out
The reboot was just a bad movie. That's the end of it. I wish so bad that people didn't jump the gun hating on this movie when the trailers were released because that gave Feig and everyone else involved an excuse for the (relatively) poor reception at the box office. I would go on to say that the movie has BETTER ratings than it deserves, simply for reviewers not wanting to be labeled sexist or misogynistic. Bottom line, the movie was a turd. If they kept everything the same and switched out the women leads for men, the movie still would have been awful.
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8:15PM on 11/01/2016
Well, nobody called him because it didn't make much profit as the Studio would like it to be. I bet the next Ghostbusters will be a reboot despite the fact that this new version is a reboot.
Well, nobody called him because it didn't make much profit as the Studio would like it to be. I bet the next Ghostbusters will be a reboot despite the fact that this new version is a reboot.
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6:23PM on 11/01/2016
Its a sorry world where women feel they could only be engineers if this movie existed years ago....is that the only thing that stopped them? Anyway, I watched this completely open even though I thought it was a bad idea in the first place and I was right. I didn't dislike Wiig and McCarthy even though I thought I would but it was a waste of a license with an array of male characters with little redeeming qualities and the only one who was likeable was classed as eye candy and sub-intelligent. I
Its a sorry world where women feel they could only be engineers if this movie existed years ago....is that the only thing that stopped them? Anyway, I watched this completely open even though I thought it was a bad idea in the first place and I was right. I didn't dislike Wiig and McCarthy even though I thought I would but it was a waste of a license with an array of male characters with little redeeming qualities and the only one who was likeable was classed as eye candy and sub-intelligent. I thought we were living in more gender enlightened times. I thought the original cast were weak in the film and the plot was very weak with no real excitement.
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5:30PM on 11/01/2016
if they somehow worked a miracle and got the original cast maybe it would have a chance...but that aint gonna happen....what is gonna happen thankfully is paul feig is gonna have a harder time getting work...anyway if youre gonna blame anyone blame bill murray....hes done much shittier roles than a gb sequel...
if they somehow worked a miracle and got the original cast maybe it would have a chance...but that aint gonna happen....what is gonna happen thankfully is paul feig is gonna have a harder time getting work...anyway if youre gonna blame anyone blame bill murray....hes done much shittier roles than a gb sequel...
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4:40PM on 11/01/2016
the new ghostbusters would have worked if they made it a spinoff or passing of the torch because all the elements for that are there but the problem is instead of remaking ghostbusters we got a recast and a fresh coat of paint,everything else was recycled from the original series and that's just poor writing.like seriously the people involved with ghostbusters from the getgo just talked shit about the fans that kept this franchise alive for the past 30 years and ended up alienating themselves
the new ghostbusters would have worked if they made it a spinoff or passing of the torch because all the elements for that are there but the problem is instead of remaking ghostbusters we got a recast and a fresh coat of paint,everything else was recycled from the original series and that's just poor writing.like seriously the people involved with ghostbusters from the getgo just talked shit about the fans that kept this franchise alive for the past 30 years and ended up alienating themselves because they decided they needed a new audience well guess what that audience just told you that they don't give a fuck about ghostbusters with the box office #s and you just fucked over the people that loved ghostbusters so how in blue hell do you expect to make another one that people will want to see?
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4:16PM on 11/01/2016

Working title for the sequel:

Ghostbusters: Don't Drop the Ball.
Oh, wait...
Ghostbusters: Don't Drop the Ball.
Oh, wait...
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2:42PM on 11/01/2016

Don't hold your breathe for a sequel with the same cast

There was some crazy on set bullshit going on between the cast and their egos. Everyone pretty much came off the set hating each other. The movie itself sucked and I really hope if there is a sequel it isn't set in this universe where every male character is a retard.
There was some crazy on set bullshit going on between the cast and their egos. Everyone pretty much came off the set hating each other. The movie itself sucked and I really hope if there is a sequel it isn't set in this universe where every male character is a retard.
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4:22PM on 11/01/2016
Source, please? Oh wait, you're just making drama up. Got it.
Source, please? Oh wait, you're just making drama up. Got it.
6:03PM on 11/01/2016
Considering 3 out of the 4 actresses worked together on Masterminds before making Ghostbusters, it sounds like you're full of shit.
Considering 3 out of the 4 actresses worked together on Masterminds before making Ghostbusters, it sounds like you're full of shit.
11:52AM on 11/01/2016
I still say the biggest mistake was just calling it Ghostbusters. Gave the impression they were talking over and overshadowing the past films. Adding a subtitle like 'Answer The Call' and maybe even make it a spinoff rather than a reboot would've kept the fans happy. Of course not insulting folks who just said they liked the originals would've helped too.
I still say the biggest mistake was just calling it Ghostbusters. Gave the impression they were talking over and overshadowing the past films. Adding a subtitle like 'Answer The Call' and maybe even make it a spinoff rather than a reboot would've kept the fans happy. Of course not insulting folks who just said they liked the originals would've helped too.
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11:29AM on 11/01/2016
"In the end the movie made a fair amount of money... however, the box office loss was a lot bigger than expected."
I'm so confused! Did it make money or lose money?
I have high hopes for a better-directed and Holzmann-centric sequel.
"In the end the movie made a fair amount of money... however, the box office loss was a lot bigger than expected."
I'm so confused! Did it make money or lose money?
I have high hopes for a better-directed and Holzmann-centric sequel.
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10:13PM on 11/01/2016
Holzmann was the absolute worse part of the movie.
Holzmann was the absolute worse part of the movie.
11:26AM on 11/01/2016
So much hate lol
So much hate lol
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10:37AM on 11/01/2016
Funny, I'm also hoping that time will rehabilitate me after watching that piece of shit.

I really resent Paul Feig continuing to imply that there's something wrong with everyone for not liking his film.
Funny, I'm also hoping that time will rehabilitate me after watching that piece of shit.

I really resent Paul Feig continuing to imply that there's something wrong with everyone for not liking his film.
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10:34AM on 11/01/2016
It was Bad. Really... really bad. I'm all for it if they make some major adjustments. Keep the same actors for all I care, but take it seriously. Every line doesn't need a bad joke. Not every cast member needs to be the comic relief. Bring some fear to the mix... the original did this so well. It was spooky at times. Everything was a massive joke in 2016's version. Running down the hallway blindly firing a proton beam over people's heads. Ridiculous. I'm happy to bring female interests into the
It was Bad. Really... really bad. I'm all for it if they make some major adjustments. Keep the same actors for all I care, but take it seriously. Every line doesn't need a bad joke. Not every cast member needs to be the comic relief. Bring some fear to the mix... the original did this so well. It was spooky at times. Everything was a massive joke in 2016's version. Running down the hallway blindly firing a proton beam over people's heads. Ridiculous. I'm happy to bring female interests into the mix, but GD it could've been so much better.
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10:20AM on 11/01/2016
There were so many other ways to have done a modern day Ghostbusters film without pissing everyone off. Perhaps still making it cannon, but setting it in a different city and perhaps casting better for a mix gender team.
There were so many other ways to have done a modern day Ghostbusters film without pissing everyone off. Perhaps still making it cannon, but setting it in a different city and perhaps casting better for a mix gender team.
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10:36AM on 11/01/2016
It didn't need to be a mixed gender team. The original team wasn't mixed gender, so why does this one need to be? The director and actors needed to handle it better, and the script was in definite need of improvement (too much taken from the original.). The all female team idea was the least of its problems.
It didn't need to be a mixed gender team. The original team wasn't mixed gender, so why does this one need to be? The director and actors needed to handle it better, and the script was in definite need of improvement (too much taken from the original.). The all female team idea was the least of its problems.
3:05PM on 11/01/2016
I agree. The gender swap wasn't the issue it was the WHY it was done and the cast not working. Also, making Chris Hemsworth's character that stupid was a bad idea and he was used as a piece of meat. So basically, they tried to "woman power" the movie with all female leads with essentially a somehow barely functional retarded male and making all men either mean or stupid. That's anti-feminism right there.
You think Jeanine was stupid in the originals? No? well, that's because she wasn't.
I agree. The gender swap wasn't the issue it was the WHY it was done and the cast not working. Also, making Chris Hemsworth's character that stupid was a bad idea and he was used as a piece of meat. So basically, they tried to "woman power" the movie with all female leads with essentially a somehow barely functional retarded male and making all men either mean or stupid. That's anti-feminism right there.
You think Jeanine was stupid in the originals? No? well, that's because she wasn't. Neither was Dana. It never felt like only the 4 guys being totally awesome and these stupid girls were just there, because the women weren't treated like that. They were equals doing different things.

I don't mind a female cast. I would have preferred the original actors mentor them or be part of a GhostBusting franchise around the world over a reboot making their cameo's pointless. Hell, have Holtzman be a top engineer teaching people new tech. That shit would be awesome. Shared tech on how to do you jobs better.
Doing this you keep the Universe intact and there is no way people can bitch about an all female team because they are just part of the whole picture and it's their story.
Sometimes continuing a story makes more sense than rebooting it. I know some people disliked Ep7 Star Wars but I loved that they kept the story going using the old cast as part of it. (ps loved the movie) My point is, while SW was somewhat a "reboot" if you will, they made use of the history to continue the legacy. Something that should have been done with Ghostbusters as well.
10:10AM on 11/01/2016
It was shit. I'm sorry Paul, I love ya and your movies have always been a go-to laugh for me but the reboot is utter garbage. Forced chemistry, forced laughs, terrible writing, etc, etc. It was not meant to be.
It was shit. I'm sorry Paul, I love ya and your movies have always been a go-to laugh for me but the reboot is utter garbage. Forced chemistry, forced laughs, terrible writing, etc, etc. It was not meant to be.
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