It's been an interesting year for the Ghostbusters franchise. The series was revived after a long hiatus when director Paul Feig directed an all-female reboot of Ghostbusters. While critics praised the film, a small yet vocal group of fans bashed the 'bogus' movie. The controversy only continued to escalate as cast and crew members of Ghostbusters clashed with outraged fans, but it looks like there's one person who thinks the grief was worth it. In fact, Feig says it would be great if another Ghostbusters film was made.
The director spoke to The Daily Beast about the recent reboot and was asked whether a sequel was in store. Feig said the decision was up to the studio since "they have to pay for it."
"Nobody's called me," Feig said. "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."
Why hasn't Sony Pictures called Feig (or the Ghostbusters)? It comes down to cash. When the film premiered, it did so with a strong start that ultimately tapered down after four weeks in theaters. Ghostbusters earned just over $180 million worldwide, a number that sits far below the film's $300 million budget.
Still, fans believed the studio would pursue a sequel in spite of the lackluster sales. However, predictions are saying a sequel might make Sony lose up to $70 million - and that is a lot of money to blow. The company's tune has changed a bit since July when an executive stressed that the franchise had a future at Sony.
"The Ghostbusters world is alive and well," Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution at Sony Pictures Entertaiment, told The Wrap. "I expect Ghostbusters to become an important brand and franchise." He added, "While nothing has been officially announced yet, there's no doubt in my mind it will happen."
However, that promise has started to look more and more bleak. Earlier this year, Feig told The Huffington Post that he wasn't interested in reimagining another classic film franchise after Ghostbusters. "No, no, no. No, I will not," Feig told The Huffington Post. "This one was just too tempting because I knew we could do something with it that was exciting." There's no word on whether Feig would be up for directing a sequel, but the man must be tired now that his time with Ghostbusters has wrapped.
So, what do you think? Would you want to see a Ghostbusters sequel hit theaters? Let us know in the comments below!
Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth.