When it comes to the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, also titled Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, it seems that people either love it or hate it. The thought of gender swapping our favorite ghost-trapping squad really upset many leading up to the film, with some fans, and some bored trolls, getting so toxic on social media that Leslie Jones ended up leaving Twitter for a while.
However, others appreciated the all-female team, with the film bringing in $229 million worldwide. Despite those numbers, it was still a box office flop due to the production and marketing budget, so the hopes of a sequel seemed to get squashed pretty quickly. Dan Aykroyd even spoke out about the film’s spending and Paul Feig returning as director saying, “The director, he spent too much on it and he didn’t shoot scenes we suggested to him. Several scenes that were going to be needed, he said, ‘No we don’t need them.’ And then we tested the movie and they needed them, and he had to go back — about $30 to $40 million in re shoots.” He also said that a sequel would be “economically unfeasible.”
Well, it looks like director Paul Feig wants another shot at a Ghostbusters film anyway.
Recently at CinemaCon, Feig talked to Yahoo! and said, “We would love [to make another movie]; it’s really up to the studio.” He goes on to say, “I will go to my grave so proud of that movie, and so proud of what that cast did in that film.” It doesn’t seem like the mounds of gender-swapping backlash deterred him or fans as he says that he gets “contacted every day by people who are such fans of it, and so many women who are inspired by seeing women in science.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about possible new films within the Ghostbusters universe. Almost a year ago, Ivan Reitman, who directed the original films and produced Answer the Call, said in an interview that he has been thinking about taking on future Ghostbusters films, but in different locations than the iconic Big Apple. “What we’ve been doing a lot of is thinking about the franchise rights for Ghostbusters. Because Ghostbusters, that idea doesn’t have to just take place in New York, it can happen over the world. I think it would be really cool to see Korean ghosts or Chinese ghosts. All those great traditions in the world have all these tales and things those people are afraid of. To have a sort of local group of Ghostbusters that tie with the head office in New York would be fun.”
While we aren’t really sure about what’s to come for the franchise, there seems to be a lot of interest in keeping the films going. In one direction or another. All we know is that it will be interesting to see what we get next!
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