Just to elaborate on yesterday’s news about that writer being hired for the all-female Ghostbusters reboot, since I know “what’s up with Ghostbusters?” is the big question on everyone’s minds in 2014, director Paul Feig talked to Entertainment Weekly, to explain his vision for the film, which in my dreams will be called “Ghostbustresses: Being Busty Makes Me Feel Good,” starring Emily Ratajkowski and Alexandra D’addario.
PAUL FEIG: I had been contacted by Sony and Ivan a number of months ago when I was in Budapest shooting my new movie Spy. But I was like, I don’t know if I want to take that on because the first two are such classics and just because of how do you do it? Who do you bring in now that Harold’s gone? I know that Bill didn’t want to do it and I love Dan, but it was just like I don’t know how to do it. Then I had lunch with [Sony Pictures co-chairman] Amy Pascal when I got back to town. She was just saying, gosh, nobody wants to do this. I said, yeah, it’s really hard to take that on, especially since it’s 25 years later. how do you come back into a world that’s had these ghosts and all this? It just felt too difficult. How do you do it and not screw it up?
Stop there. Look at those good instincts everyone had! Trust those! Anyway, Feig says he was inspired by the idea of working with “hilarious women,” and that wants to create a new Ghostbusters world completely separate from the original (a “total reboot,” in dickhead parlance).
I want the technology to be even cooler. I want it to be really scary, and I want it to happen in our world today that hasn’t gone through it. […]
[Writer Katie Dippold] and I are obsessed with how do we make comedy really scary? The sequel to The Heat was going to be pretty scary and funny. Almost like in a Silence of the Lambs type thing but funny. I think funny people in peril and in danger is one of the best forms of comedy, and I really like things to play very real while funny things are happening.
Scary and funny, there you have it. Sort of like Dan Aykroyd talking about aliens.