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Ivan Reitman Ain’t Afraid of No Bad Reviews! More ‘Ghostbusters’ Films on the Way

The less-than-stellar response to Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters was not really that big of a surprise, considering the movie looked pretty bad. I’ll admit that I was intrigue and even hopeful at first but the tone and attitude that became pervasive throughout the clips and trailers really turned me off, as I saw it do to many other people. That being said, it still made $229 million worldwide and it didn’t do too bad when it came to home video sales. However, with a budget of $144 million (not including marketing and other costs), it’s confirmed that the movie wasn’t profitable, with some saying it was a $70 million loss for Sony, who argues this.

Per ComicBook.com, a Sony rep explained, “This loss calculation is way off. With multiple revenue streams, including consumer products, gaming, location-based entertainment, continued international rollout, and huge third-party promotional partnerships that mitigated costs, the bottom line, even before co-financing, is not remotely close to that number.

Note that the rep didn’t argue that the film was a loss, he just tried to minimize the number that’s been circulating. No matter what, the movie wasn’t the success that Sony was hoping it would be but that doesn’t mean that they’re ready to give up. It just means that they might have to look at other ways to go down the ghost busting path.

The YouTube channel Mr. Wavvy did an interview with Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, who produced the 2016 reboot. The conversation turned to the future of the franchise, with Reitman explaining, “There’s going to be many other Ghostbusters movies, they’re just in development right now.”

Reitman may or may not be talking about a sequel to the 2016 entry but it’d be interesting to know where he wants to go with this. I know Reitman specifically mentioned movies but the 2009 Ghostbusters video game is often seen as a true sequel to the first two films and many appreciated the storytelling that went on there. Also, with the advance of VR technology, it really wouldn’t surprise me if they’re entertaining a path that includes that medium, putting the audience right in the middle of the hunt.

Feig spoke with The Daily Beast about his chances of returning for a sequel, explaining, “Nobody’s called me. But I love those characters and I know they are now heroes and mean a lot to a lot of people, so in a perfect world it would be great if we could see them bust more ghosts, kick more ass, and be awesome again.

I have a feeling we’re going to have to wait a little bit before anything new is officially announced. Considering how the 2016 Ghostbusters was received, I have a feeling Sony is going to be approaching the marketing for any new entry very carefully.



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COMMENTS

17 Comments
  • Jack le Critic

    I think we all know what they need to do with this…

    • Cure4Humanity

      Kill it with fire!!

  • Mehliens

    I can see this already: Its going to be re-rebooted by Abrams and with Amy Schumer cracking vagina jokes throughout the film. Its going to be fantastic!

    • Daniel Anderson

      “Its true, this woman has no clitoris.”

  • ArmitageX

    Alternate headline: “More Movies Nobody Wants On the Way!”

  • Grimphantom

    Just don’t involve Paul Feig on the franchise whatsoever…..

  • I want a reboot but with scary ghosts not that funny crap what we saw in the feminist reboot. After all, I want a funny comedy with creepy ghosts like Insidious.

  • Ima Badlady

    Y’know I’ve seen bad reboots that I can just shrug off, but I truly despise this reboot and everything it stands for. The third wave feminist angle is so forced and cringey that it made me want to cut out my own uterus and mail it to Hollywood.

  • ZedsDeadAgain .

    “The movie wasn’t the success Sony had hoped for.” Well maybe calling your core fan base assholes and misogynists because they didn’t like the direction you were taking they’re beloved franchise, was a bad idea.

    • John Connor

      Core fan base? More like fucking idiots. He did the right thing by calling them what they are.

      Nothing wrong with the direction of the Ghostbusters being women. You can’t call foul on a film that you haven’t seen yet. The only hate the new Ghostbusters film deserved was by those that saw it.

      • spic@the_teki_bar

        I guess you didnt watch the trailers… It made it look horrible

  • Finally saw the 2016 one and thought it was… okay. The problem for me was that the Ghostbusters were weirdly subdued. Kate Mckinnon and Leslie Jones never really cut loose in the way I was expecting. Also, the Chris Hemsworth character was unbearable.

  • Adaaification

    The 2016 flick wasn’t all that bad. Yeah, mostly bad. It had some moments, but on the other hand so much trouble and problems. From the arrogance of Sony, over to Feigs reaction against fans and the feminist discussion that leaded nowhere because women in this movie are exactly what they where in the 70’s: They see a good structured man and they lose all their instincts Great work here. Full of Sterotypes you promised to counter with this movie are there.

    For a new try it is way to early. Maybe in 4 or 5 years when the reboot is eradicated from the mind of the fanbase. And please Sony, handle the fans with respect.

  • Tiger Quinn

    I don’t think the movie was that bad – just way too restrained and hellbent on not offending anyone. And for all the crap it got, it should have just been a straight up sequel. All the tap dancing around the original, while making sure they hit EVERY single beat of the original, was more stressful than good storytelling could handle.

    • Sir Berus

      Couldn’t agree more, the movie could be compared to a censored cover of a good song.

  • Cure4Humanity

    Well that’s unfortunate. One heap of burning trash wasn’t enough? Oh well, at least I know I can skip this one.

  • Charax

    “Nobody’s calling me” – yeah, take the hint, Feig

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