Paul Feig is at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival premiering his new movie Spy, and took some time to address the negative criticism his female-led Ghostbusters has received as well as commenting on the Channing Tatum-led Ghostbusters, which was recently reported.
"The Internet is really funny – I love it, but I hate it at the same time," Feig told Variety. "The first wave when you make an announcement like that is overwhelmingly positive. Everyone's so happy and you're like, 'This is great.' Then comes the second wave and you're like, Oh my God. Some of the most vile, misogynistic s— I've ever seen in my life. The biggest thing I've heard for the last four months is, 'Thanks for ruining my childhood.' It's going to be on my tombstone when I die," notes Feig. "It's so dramatic. Honestly, the only way I could ruin your childhood is if I got into a time machine and went back and made you an orphan."
Feig was especially shocked by the type of people that were attacking him. He had assumed most of the vitroil was from teenagers but in fact it was from adults with good jobs and children. Feig added, "You're raising children and yet you're bashing me about putting women in my movie?"
Latest reports claim that Sony is making a Ghostbusters cinematic universe and already have plans for a male-led Ghostbusters starring Channing Tatum. "I'd heard some rumblings about it," Feid said. "Who knew there were so many ghosts to be busted in the world? All I know is my ladies are going to kick ass and I would not want to go into battle without them."
Paul Feig's Ghostbusters is due in theaters July 22, 2016. The cast includes: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.