Good or not isn’t the question here, what Paul Feig is recognizing a year-plus later is that his Ghostbusters turned into a “cause”. It’s historically significant in that it was clearly a response to internet rage over inequality in Hollywood from the top execs all the way down to extras. Even so, it may have even been an overreaction. No matter, Feig made the decision to reboot the film with an all-female Ghostbusters team, which turned many
mean-spirited and spiteful fans against it before it even hit theaters.
Feig knows this doesn’t make for good entertainment, especially when many filmgoers just want release from the stresses of everyday life. In this new interview with Vulture at their Festival L.A., Feig sounds like he’s bummed out that the film turned into a cause, which wasn’t his intention.
“I think it kind of hampered us a little bit because the movie became so much of a cause. I think for some of our audience, they were like, ‘What the fuck? We don’t wanna go to a cause. We just wanna watch a fuckin’ movie,’” the director says. And he still has mixed emotions about how it all panned out.
“It was a great regret in my life that the movie didn’t do better, ’cause I really loved it,” Feig explained. “It’s not a perfect movie. None of my movies are perfect. I liked what we were doing with it. It was only supposed to be there to entertain people.” But for all his frustration, Feig seems to have kept enough perspective on the movie to joke that beating Star Wars andCaptain America at the Kids’ Choice Awards was a highlight of his year. “The teens are just watching it, not bringing all the baggage.”
Ghostbusters, released in July of 2016, starred Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as the new comedy troupe who band together to save New York from a paranormal threat. Many fans rebelled, while others lauded the filmmakers for the progressive move. In the end, did it hurt the film? Probably, but we have to start somewhere…