The gender-flipped Ghostbusters remake made a lot of people mad (specifically: angry fan boys who couldn’t handle ladies deflating their precious nostalgia boners), and it made a lot of money (a little over $229 million worldwide). Even though it didn’t technically do that great on its opening weekend at the box office and it didn’t make enough money to warrant a sequel, Sony still considered it a success. Dan Aykroyd, on the other hand, thinks it was a huge failure, and he’s placing the blame square on director Paul Feig.
Ray Stanz tore into Paul Feig during a recent interview with Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch (via The Hollywood Reporter). The Ghostbusters reboot had a production budget of $144 million. Dan, who’s credited as an executive producer on it, claims the budget got that high because the “director,” who he doesn’t name by name (shady), had to go back and do expensive re-shoots. Dan adds that the director is to blame for those expensive reshoots.
“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 reshoots.”
He also repeated what we already sort of know about a sequel not happening.
“It cost too much, and Sony does not like to lose money. It made a lot of money around the world, but it just cost too much, making it economically not feasible to do another one.”
Dan poured a little more salt onto that open proton pack burn by saying the director “will not be back on the Sony lot anytime soon.” However, he did think the cast did a good job, and adds he “was really happy with the movie.”
The Hollywood Reporter says a source close to production is calling bullshit on Dan’s claims of director drama. The source says Sony had an “incredible relationship” with Paul Feig, who they call “first-rate.” They also claim reshoots only cost about $3 to $4 million.
It’s really too bad Paul allegedly ignored Dan’s on-set suggestions the first time, because it sounds like Dan really wanted to collaborate. If things were better between them, maybe we would have gotten a scene featuring the ladies kicking back after a long day of busting with a spoOoOoOky Crystal Head Vodka cocktail.
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