Dan Aykroyd On Why The Ghostbusters Reboot Failed

Posted 2017/06/04 0 0

Dan Ackroyd says director Paul Feig spent too much on the production.


Unlike the remake, the original Ghostbusters received a positive response from critics and audiences and grossed $242 million in the United States and more than $295 million worldwide.  Speaking on Sunday Brunch, Dan Ackroyd, who wrote and starred in the original film, discussed the film and after praising its stars made some damning comments about Paul Feig; he claims the director didn’t listen to suggestions from the film’s producers and thus the project went vastly over-budget, with reshoots costing around a third of the whole total.

“The girls are great in it. Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig -- what a 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. It made a lot of money around the world but just cost too much, making it economically not feasible to do another one. So that's too bad -- the director, he spent too much on it. He didn't shoot scenes we suggested to him and several scenes that were going to be needed and he said "nah, we don't need them". Then we tested the movie and they needed them and he had to go back. About $30 to $40 million in reshoots. So he will not be back on the Sony lot any time soon.”

The reboot Ghostbusters (also known as Ghostbusters: Answer the Call) is directed by Paul Feig, written by Feig and Katie Dippold and starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth. Telling the story of four women who start a ghost-catching business in New York City, it is the third feature film in the Ghostbusters franchise and serves as a reboot to the previous films. The film grossed $229 million worldwide against a production budget of $144 million. Due to the high budget and large amount spent on marketing, the film is considered a box office bomb.