Paul Feig Explains Why He Ended Up Making All-Female 'Ghostbusters' (Video)
"The old movies are so good I didn't want to mess with them, and I also want to see the beginnings of this group," the 'Spy' director said in an interview with French movie site AlloCine.
It's old news by now that Paul Feig is directing the all-female Ghostbusters reboot for Sony. But in an interview to promote his new action-comedy Spy, in which Feig reteams with his The Heat and Ghostbusters star Melissa McCarthy, Feig explains why he decided to take this approach to the latest entry in the Ghostbusters franchise.
The Bridesmaids director explains that he had been contacted a few times about directing the third Ghostbusters film, and he kept turning it down until he found his own way in.
"I didn't know how to do it, and scripts had been written but I couldn't figure out how to do it," Feig said. "I wasn't excited about it. So finally one day I was like, 'It's a great franchise and its a great idea. If I was going to do it, how would I do it?' and I thought, 'If I could put four women in the lead roles, that's exciting to me,' like, 'that I know how to do and I know how to make that funny.' "
It's not surprising that the man who helmed Bridesmaids, The Heat and Spy — all female-fronted comedies — would want to do an all-female Ghostbusters. But Feig adds that he also saw a benefit in doing a reboot.
"I thought I'd rather do it as a reboot, so I wasn't tied to the old movies," he said. "The old movies are so good I didn't want to mess with them, and I also want to see the beginnings of this group. I want to see people seeing ghosts for the first time and how they're going to fight them for the first time and how they're going to develop their technology."
In response to people who've taken issue with the concept of female Ghostbusters, Feig points out that the past two films with the male teams of Ghostbusters, will continue to exist.
"Funny people are funny people. The reason that first movie works is because those guys were funny," Feig says. "And so that's really all I care about: How can I make the funniest movie? I'm going to pick the funniest people I know and those happen to be these four women."
Spy hits theaters Friday. Watch Feig's interview with AlloCine below.