- RatedPG /GenreAction, Comedy, Fantasy
If there's anyone that can remake one of pop-culture's most iconic titles, it has be to Paul Feig.
Feig, 53-year-old filmmaker behind such laugh-out-loud comedies like ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘The Heat’ and ‘Spy’ is the man behind one of this summer’s most anticipated movies: ‘Ghostbusters’.
“We are such fanatics – I was there on opening weekend when I was in film school,” recalled director Paul Feig.
He added: “There’s nothing cynical about this film. There’s no other agenda with this movie than to make people laugh and have a great time.”
The all-new Ghostbusters
The female-fronted re-boot (Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones) won't even hit theatres until July, but that hasn't stopped some fans from sliming it.
Speaking at a press conference at the Marina Bay Sands, Feig said that he understood where all these negativity are coming from given that the original ‘Ghostbusters’ is a beloved movie.
“This is such a beloved franchise that people are passionate about it. We completely understand that especially when we hear somebody is going to do a reboot of a classic movie. It’s our natural instinct to be nervous about that,” Feig explained.
But Melissa McCarthy, of course, is having none of that.
“I find it odd that people are commenting about something they have not seen. Everyone from the first movie is so excited. They’ve seen it, and loved it. That’s the only kind of blessing that I need,” McCarthy said.
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“Judge it on its own merits. People will talk, but the work will speak for itself,” Feig said.
The original 1984 movie starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson as the titular ghost-busting group, and the quartet’s blend of comedy and action left an indelible mark on pop-culture. And Feig is determined to recreate it.
“I asked myself why did the original one work so well. It’s because of that cast – those four Ghostbusters, who were at that time were the funniest people. I needed to recreate that chemistry here and I know the funniest women on this planet,” Feig explained.
Chris Hemsworth as Kevin in 'Ghostbusters'
One of the biggest revelations that came out of shooting the movie, according to Feig and McCarthy, is discovering just how funny Chris Hemsworth is.
The ‘Thor’ and ‘Huntsman’ star plays hunky and clueless receptionist Kevin.
“No one mentioned that he is bizarrely funny,” McCarthy said.
“He’s one of the best improvisers that I’ve ever worked with, and I’m lucky enough to work with a lot of funny guys,” she added.
“You can’t look like that and be funny,” Feig laughed.
In the new ‘Ghostbusters’, we’ll see the first all-female team figuring out how to bust some ghosts as well as invent some new gadgets – something we’ve not seen in the original. We’ll also see how they come up with the iconic logo design.
“Because we’re doing a reboot and a new origin story. We realise that it’d be fun to show where these (the Ghostbusters’ gadgets) came from. We wanted to see how they develop,” Feig said.
‘Ghostbusters’ opens in Singapore 14 July 2016