Thursday, June 15, 2017

"Ghostbusters" Director Won't Be Back At Sony

Dan Aykroyd
Paul Feig, who directed last summer’s "Ghostbusters" reboot, "will not be back on the Sony lot anytime soon," actor and star of the original Dan Aykroyd told Britain's Channel 4 last 4 June.

The director made several administrative and logistical decisions that caused the movie to lose money, Aykroyd asserted on the Sunday Brunch show. But what he failed to mention is that the struggles were also caused by the gender-inverted casting or the ensemble's performances, which the fans have emphasized several times online.

One of the main stars and a co-writer of the 1984 original, Aykroyd got an executive producer title on the reboot.

"The girls are great in it. Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig – what wonderful, wonderful players they are – and Leslie Jones," Aykroyd said. "I was really happy with the movie, but it cost too much. And Sony does not like to lose money, they don’t. It made a lot of money around the world but just cost too much, making it economically not feasible to do another one. So that’s too bad."

Failing to elaborate the deviation from the source material and forcing fans to watch the horrible acting of the female leads, Aykroyd went on to pin the losses on Feig.

"The director, he spent too much on it," Aykroyd said. "He didn’t shoot scenes we suggested to him and several scenes that were going to be needed and he said 'Nah, we don’t need them.' Then we tested the movie and they needed them and he had to go back. About US$ 30 to US$ 40 million in reshoots. So he will not be back on the Sony lot any time soon.”

The film, which reportedly cost more than US$ 140 million to make, grossed just US$ 229.1 million worldwide, which is pretty pathetic since marketing costs have yet to be factored in.

Channel 4 hasn't posted any official video, but a tweet from British film critic Ross MacLean can be viewed online.

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