Ghostbusters sequel: Paul Feig would be “very surprised”

In spite of the fact that a small subset of people tried to hate it out of existence before they’d even seen a frame of footage, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters film found plenty of fans when it landed in cinemas over the summer. The movie earned pretty good reviews, and it swiftly became clear on social media that those who went to see were having a good time. The dramatic rise in Ghostbusters cosplay is just one of the positive ramifications of the movie.

An extended cut of the film comes part and parcel of the film as it lands on disc in the UK this week, and the main feature itself also comes with a post-credits sting to set up a future instalment. But as Feig has now admitted, the chances of a Ghostbusters sequel seem slim.

Chatting to this very site, we asked him if his time with Ghostbusters with done, and he admitted he thinks it is. “If the studio was knocking on the door to do another one, I’d have to think about it. We had so much fun, and I’d love to work with that team again. But I would be very surprised”, he mused.

In spite of the fact that a small subset of people tried to hate it out of existence before they’d even seen a frame of footage, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters film found plenty of fans when it landed in cinemas over the summer. The movie earned pretty good reviews, and it swiftly became clear on social media that those who went to see were having a good time. The dramatic rise in Ghostbusters cosplay is just one of the positive ramifications of the movie.

An extended cut of the film comes part and parcel of the film as it lands on disc in the UK this week, and the main feature itself also comes with a post-credits sting to set up a future instalment. But as Feig has now admitted, the chances of a Ghostbusters sequel seem slim.

Chatting to this very site, we asked him if his time with Ghostbusters with done, and he admitted he thinks it is. “If the studio was knocking on the door to do another one, I’d have to think about it. We had so much fun, and I’d love to work with that team again. But I would be very surprised”, he mused.

It should be noted that Feig – rightly – also expressed an awful lot of pride in his Ghostbusters film.
Yet the problem is that the box office returns for the film didn’t fill Sony’s coffers up as hoped. Denied a release in the lucrative Chinese market, Ghostbusters did quite well in America – $128m – but struggled overseas. Its overall total came in at $229m.

Feig is deep into developing his next mysterious project, but did also concede that while “I love making commercial movies”, he was wary of “looking for another $150m budget … because the stakes are so incredibly high”.

Instead, something around the financial level of his terrific Spy is his likely next film. And whilst Spy 2 isn’t happening at the moment, Feig did admit that he’d met the mighty Jason Statham for lunch just a week before our interview…

 

 


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