Despite my nightly prayers to Gozer the Gozerian, it appears that Paul Feig’s reboot of Ghostbusters is still going ahead.
Speaking with Empire, the director has dropped a few notes about the all-female team Ghostbusters movie including that it will be set in New York City.
“To me it’s such a New York movie and the biggest sin would be to pull it out of there,” Feig said. “I just love New York and, selfishly, I just want to shoot in New York.”
The Bridesmaids director goes on to say that the movie will feature “fun nods to the old movie” but will not veer off into parody.
“We’re not recreating the old movie, but we want to do just enough fun nods that the fans will go, ‘Oh, okay, they’re acknowledging that the other movie existed.’ I like to watch parodies, but I don’t want to do them because they’re too referential. Comedy that’s too referential has such a short shelf life, whereas comedy that’s based around characters will be relatable 2000 years from now because people won’t change that much.”
Feig also addressed the oft asked question “Why reboot Ghostbusters at all?”
“A lot of people ask why I didn’t create my own thing, but Ghostbusters never ran out of steam, it’s such a great idea, It’s such a fun franchise so why not bring it to a new generation? The old movie is never going to not exist. It’s not my plan to erase every copy! Hopefully they can all live together.”
Feig is currently co-writing the script for the film with his The Heat screenwriter Katie Dippold. No release date has been set for the film, and the cast is still being assembled with Rebel Wilson having met for a part and Melissa McCarthy in early talks to join.