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Paul Feig: Ghostbusters had to be a reboot

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Paul Feig has been on the media circuit promoting Spy, but that hasn’t stopped him from talking about another film starring Melissa McCarthy: the female Ghostbusters reboot, due out in 2016. On this week’s Empire Podcast, Feig opened up about filming Spy and also chatted briefly about Ghostbusters, starring McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.

“Those four ladies I have starring in it are so funny and that’s half the battle,” Feig said. “I’m going to battle with the best army I have. My whole crew from all my other movies have come aboard, and some great special effects people have come aboard—I have never really done this level of effects before—and I’m excited!”

Feig went on to address an aspect of the film he had previously talked about in other interviews— the fact that even though everyone might not want it, a reboot was necessary. “A lot of people are mad because it’s a reboot,” Feig admitted. “But I don’t know how to do it any other way, because it’s been 25 years since the last one. Harold has gone, Bill doesn’t want to do it, and I love Dan and Ernie, but people had written those scripts and they were fine, but it felt sweaty to me, it felt like a wheel was off the cart. I thought, ‘Why don’t we go into this and reinvent it so we can go into a world that doesn’t have ghosts?’…I love origin stories. I want to see them come up with the tech. I want to see them seeing a ghost for the first time, as opposed to ‘Oh yeah, all those years ago there was a ghost attack on New York.”

Whether or not those people who don’t want a reboot come around, Feig promises that despite the studios hesitancy, he’ll let audiences see what does and doesn’t work. “I’m not putting out a movie that I can’t test screen,” Feig said. “You don’t want to your first test screening to be the premiere.”

Ghostbusters is set to hit theaters July 2016.

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