Paul Feig On Ghostbusters 3: “I Want Ours To Be Scarier Than The Original”


The Ghostbusters reboot is currently underway now with director Paul Feig keeping the public informed of all the changes that have occurred as of late, creating a lot of controversy through the pre production progression. With original cast members split on the project (Bill Murray being all for it, and Ernie Hudson being against the sassy girl-power remake), the line of demarcation couldn’t be any more noticeable. Now the news is just in that Feig wants the reboot/reimaging/sequel (enter as you see fit…) to come with real scares as well as imbuing it with the fat-girl humour – all this whilst retaining the coveted PG13 rating. Feig talks of his plans in the latest issue of Empire Magazine, and it might have fans of the original, either; banging their heads against the proverbial brick wall, or to take to their keyboards to hurl all kinds of profanity-ridden-abuse towards the Bridesmaids filmmaker.


In the latest issue of Empire Magazine Feig talks about his approach toward the much-coveted 80s film, as well as the tone that he and co-writer Katie Dipold are trying to achieve for the tent-pole project. Feig’s standpoint during the interview is that there has been no concrete cast set in stone as of yet, despite reports to the contrary, and the main focus just now is getting the tone right; with the mix of proper scares and (subjective) comedic aspects which was one of the facets that set the first film a cut about the rest of the SNL (Saturday Night Live) comedy-fare of the 80s. Feig wants the audience to laugh as much as scream (…ouch, …this is already starting to sound brutally bad). Here is what he had to say during the interview with Empire:

“I want ours to be scarier than the original, to be quite honest. Katie Dipold and I are so focused on wanting to do scary comedy. We don’t want to hold back.”


This doesn’t come as too much of a shock, as the direction that the proposed all-male-driven reboot of the Ghostbusters Universe (Chris Pratt, Channing Tatum and Ryan Gosling) would also aim for a gritty-yet-funny approach too. However, with Feig coming from a background of profanity-ridden toilet-humour, it may come as a surprise that the director plans to tone down on the cussing, so that the film can reach as wide an audience as possible (otherwise translated as: this is a big budget movie and I have no say on the matter as the plan here is to make as much money as possible using the name of an already established franchise, chewing it up, s*****g it back out, and offering a huge steamy pile of warm feces to the general public – who will be non-the-wiser ‘evil laugh’). Feig told Empire magazine the following:

“The reason I do a lot of R-Rated comedies is that you want a movie to feel honest. But the Ghostbusters world doesn’t need that level of swearing. We’ll have to be PG-13 with this one. I would like to make it R-Rated, but I won’t. You want the biggest number of people to watch it and not be put off by it.”

Kudos to the fact that he manages to sell the guff that he is espousing. Feig has previously struck Box Office gold with sure-fire R-rated comedies with the likes of of Bridesmaids and The Heat, and he already has a family-friendly film in the works with the Peanuts film that he is producing. I’d have to watch Ghostbusters 1 and 2 back, but there are definitely some instances where some of the humour and innuendos definitely wouldn’t pass todays PG13 rated barriers – but I wouldn’t necessarily peg all of that down to profane language! Just some of the content alone, which made it ideal for adults and children respectfully, made for the perfect balance.

Ghostbusters looks set to divide audiences the world over. What do you think of the proposed PG13 rating? What do you think of the reboot/reimaging/sequel? You on board the Feigey bus?

Via – CinemaBlend


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