Director Paul Feig has said that cutting the Ghostbusters dance sequence starring Chris Hemsworth was “the biggest decision of my life,” but a source on the film tells THR that it was an expensive one, too — the scene cost in the low seven figures and took up two full days of shooting, not including rehearsal time.
Mixed audience reactions during test screenings of the scene, in which Hemsworth’s possessed receptionist leads NYPD officers and camouflage-clad soldiers in a choreographed dance number to The Bee Gees’ “You Should Be Dancing,” led filmmakers to move it into the closing credits. It now plays after several deleted scenes including one featuring Sigourney Weaver.
Sony and Village Roadshow surely would like to have that chunk of change back as the film, with a net production budget of $144 million, will have a tough road to profitability after a $46 million debut. A Sony rep denied the amount quoted by the source, saying “You should check your source, the cost is absolutely wrong, completely overinflated.”
Feig’s rep didn’t respond to a request for comment.
A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.