Paul Feig is directing a new Ghostbusters film that will star women. Isn’t it glorious? The director of Bridesmaids has been rumored to be involved with the film for a couple of months, and he’s helming a complete reboot. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Feig revealed he’s resetting the franchise with women fighting the ghosts. He said:
Yeah. I love origin stories. That’s my favorite thing. I love the first one so much I don’t want to do anything to ruin the memory of that. So it just felt like, let’s just restart it because then we can have new dynamics. 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 so it’s like, oh my God what’s going on?
He mentioned he’d be open to having previous cast members come back in different roles for cameos, and that he doesn’t know all the specifics yet but has a general plan:
We have a very rough, rough outline that we’re working with, but definitely know the basic story, know what we want the basic characters to do, know what we want the world to do and what the rules of our world are, but nothing I want to discuss obviously. It’s cool. I think it’s a really strong origin story that feels real—as real as a ghost story is. It’s going to be really fun and real. We’ll make it scary and funny.
I am a fan of funny and silly scary, and I can’t wait to see some funny women at the helm. This particular statement from Feig made me feel reassured:
Everything’s got to live on it’s own merits. It would be terrible if we just go, oh we’re just doing an update where we use the same dynamic and scripts. If we just flop four women into the exact same personalities and roles as original, then that’s lazy filmmaking on my behalf, and who wants to see that? I don’t want to do a shot by shot update of a movie that existed. It’s the difficult thing about remaking a great movie. So that’s why we’re not remaking a great movie. We’re doing our take on it.