Despite the fact that the new rendition of the 1984 classic included some of the best-known female comedians in the industry — Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon — this year’s “Ghostbusters” still faced a lot of criticism. The film’s director, Paul Feig, has made up his mind on one thing after the backlash — he will absolutely not be rebooting any more classic movies.
“No, no, no. No, I will not,” he told the Huffington Post. “This one was just too tempting because I knew we could do something with it that was exciting.”
Instead, Feig will continue to work on original material like his successful “Bridesmaids” and his cult hit “Freaks and Geeks.”
But despite the initial criticism that “Ghostbusters” unleashed, Feig has also said that the reaction since the film’s July 15 opening has been positive overall — especially among women and young girls.
“It’s such a validation for the years of false controversy,” Feig said. “Up until then it was me just dealing with a bunch of angry dudes. There’s a whole generation of kids and young people who didn’t have their own ‘Ghostbusters,’ who, to them, even though it’s a great movie, it’s an old movie.”
“I don’t know why all this was controversy leading up to this, because heroes are heroes,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what gender they are,” he added.
Feig wasn’t the only one to speak out about the misogynistic reactions to the female-led film, which made close to $120 million at the domestic box office. McCarthy, who stars in the film, also spoke out about the reactions to the female quartet.
“There’s a weird replacement phenomenon, a fear that if you put two women in, two men come out. I don’t know why that viscerally affects certain people. It’s not how I ever think. If I see four men, I’m not like, ‘Well, those are four jobs women didn’t get.’ Great for them. There’s room for everybody,” McCarthy said in an interview with the New York Times.
Sony Pictures head Tom Rothman also echoed McCarthy’s sentiments at the Paley International Council in New York, saying: “It’s original. You get pissing and moaning on the Internet — sexist comments – but, you know, f–k ’em.”