The new “Ghostbusters” stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. They took over the roles from the 1984 original led by Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. So the obvious first question is how Feig could make such a huge, seismic, controversial change to such a beloved film.
“I’ve always loved that era of Cadillac,” Feig laughed of the 1984 Cadillac Fleetwood hearse that replaces the original film’s 1959 Caddy Miller-Meteor. “Those lines reminds me of the cars my dad had. It felt right. We had a bunch of cars that they sent, and I was like, ‘That’s the one’. It just spoke to me.”
There is one other big change, of course. Like his previous hits “Bridesmaids”, “The Heat” and “Spy”, this new “Ghostbusters” reinvents familiar stories with a female cast.
“Working with funny women does make every genre you look at take a different turn, because they just haven’t been done with women,” Feig said. “And selfishly I love working with funny women.”
The announcement of an all-female, spook-zapping team proved controversial among people who claimed it would “ruin their childhood”.
“At first I was surprised,” Feig said of the reaction, “because I thought people were going to be happy just to have another ‘Ghostbusters’. I didn’t expect the level of shock from a certain part of the population that just had a problem with women.”
So why remake the film? “It’s such a big idea that can’t be just contained by two movies from 30 years ago,” Feig said. “Especially now with all the stuff we can do with special effects — it just felt remiss to not play with it again and bring it to a new generation and give them their own Ghostbusters.”
Feig said he still loves the geek community despite the abuse he and his cast have received over the past couple of years. “I love the internet. There is a micro fraction of people who can make it very unpleasant, but I don’t even consider them to be true geeks. The internet, for the most part, is the home of the geek world and being a proud member my whole life, it’s an escape for those of us who don’t want to be bullied.”