The 2016 Ghostbusters reboot was basically a flop before it even began. Questions plagued the Hollywood Universe – do we really need another Ghostbusters movie? Will it be any good? What about this all-female cast? Can you even compete with the original? And in short, the general consensus was no to all of them.
Nevertheless, the all-female cast starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones was great. But it was just great. When it comes to rebooting a classic, some things just need to be left alone, because nothing will compare to the 1984 cult classic.
And it wasn’t just us that thought so. Although it did reasonably well in the box-office, the movie divided opinions too much, and they just didn’t get as much money back as they spent on it – one of the reasons the co-writer of the original movie, Dan Aykroyd says contributed to it’s failure.
Talking on the UK chat show, Sunday Brunch, Aykroyd (who also cameos in the reboot as a cab driver) spoke of the Ghostbusters reboot and its success. Or lack of.
The girls are great in it. Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig – what wonderful, wonderful players they are – and Leslie Jones. I was really happy with the movie, but it cost too much. And Sony does not like to lose money, they don’t. It made a lot of money around the world but just cost too much, making it economically not feasible to do another one.
So it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting a sequel anytime soon. Akroyd then went on to talk about Paul Feig, the director of the 2016 reboot – saying that the failures were down to him and his inability to take into account the advice of others and ultimately making too many mistakes.
He said that Feig and Sony had to spend “about $30 to $40 million in reshoots. So, he will not be back on the Sony lot any time soon.”