Production is about to start on Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot. In Boston.
The original was of course set in New York. But despite filming in a different city, Feig has categorically stated that the movie will still be set within the Five Boroughs: “Oh no, it takes place in New York. We’re just shooting mostly in Boston. The original Ghostbusters shot mostly in LA and then they went to New York and shot some exteriors, so that’s basically what we’ll be doing too. It just comes down to money and our budget is so high that we need the tax incentive that Massachusetts provides.”
When asked him if the city would play as significant a role as in the original, Feig stated: “Oh yeah, you can’t take the Ghostbusters out of New York. I had moments where I was thought, ‘Well we’re shooting in Boston, why not?’ But that just felt wrong to me. Some of the fans are mad at me about doing a reboot and even I would be mad at myself if I pulled it out of New York.”
Speaking about Melissa McCarthy’s role as leader of the team, the director stated that a decision has yet to be made on the direction the character will take. He says that ther are “in that fun spot where we’re really just kind of coming up with the specifics”.
So, to sum up: production is starting and there isn’t a script. Not just that, the script is so uncooked that the location and even the characters are still fluid. And although you can’t take the Ghostbusters out of New York, you can apparently take Venkman, Stantz, Spengler, Zeddemore and Melnitz out of the Ghostbusters.
If anybody wants me, I’ll be arranging a hitman for the first besuited sh*tebag who suggests remaking Back to the Future with James Corden…