The reason Paul Feig decided on an all-female Ghostbusters cast


When it was announced that the new Ghostbusters movie would be a reboot that would introduce an all-female cast, many fans were outraged. They were hoping that the next movie would be a true sequel to the original Ghosbusters films; sadly, that’s not the case. Attached as director is Paul Feig (Bridesmaid), and he reveals to Empire Magazine (via by CBM) why he wanted to do a reboot with an all-female cast.

“I have too much respect for the original one [to do a sequel],” the filmmaker says. “There’s also the feeling that once the world knows ghosts and has seen them busted on such a large scale, they run the risk of becoming pedestrian. There’s something fun about introducing our world, which has never seen ghosts to the phenomenon of ghosts. I love origin stories and to introduce new characters.”

Feig understands why people are calling the film a gimmick, but he explains that he just wants to do an all-female cast.

“A lot of people accused it of being a gimmick. I guess I can see the cynics’ view of it, but for me I just love working with funny women. People said, ‘Why don’t you do a mix?’ I’m just more interested in the idea of lady Ghostbusters. It’s the way my brain works.”

Feig jokes on whether the title of the movie would be changed.

“It won’t be called Lady Ghostbusters! Certainly not…Ghostbustieres is the way to go.”

The cast isn’t locked down yet, since the director is focused on getting the draft done.

“Right now, honestly, there could be 50 Ghostbusters. I’m just waiting to get our first draft of the script together to go, ‘Who makes sense in these roles?’ If I put the list in front of me of people that have said they want to do it, talk about a Sophie’s Choice. When you do a movie like Ghostbusters, people get very interested.”

The tone of the movie will be different, since they want to make it scarier.

“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.”

Feig’s movies have been raunchy, but since this is a big franchise, he’ll have to tone it down.

“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.”

Does this make you want to give the movie a chance?

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