Written by Patti Pauley
Well, as it turns out maybe Dan Aykroyd has a bit of beef with last year’s Ghostbusters reboot after all; With the focus of the topic being the film’s director Paul Feig.
EW first reported on the original star of the 1984 Blockbuster’s remarks made on Britain’s Sunday Brunch program. Aykroyd, who for years prior to the announcement of an all-female reboot of the beloved franchise and before the untimely death of Ghostbusting comrade Harold Ramis, campaigned hard for a third Ghostbusters film, opened up on his frustrations on the fact that it will be HIGHLY unlikely the fans will get to see another Ghostbusters anytime soon:
“The girls are great in it. Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig – what wonderful, wonderful players they are – and Leslie Jones. I was really happy with the movie, but it cost too much. And Sony does not like to lose money, they don’t. It made a lot of money around the world but just cost too much, making it economically not feasible to do another one. So that’s too bad.”
“The director, he spent too much on it. He didn’t shoot scenes we suggested to him and several scenes that were going to be needed and he said ‘Nah, we don’t need them.’ Then we tested the movie and they needed them and he had to go back. About $30 to $40 million in reshoots. So he will not be back on the Sony lot anytime soon.”
— Ross Maclean (@ross_maclean) June 4, 2017
Damn Dan, tell us how you really feel!
The film, which reportedly cost more than $144 million to make, grossed just $240 million worldwide, with a later added $36 million in home entertainment sales. After the story originally broke, EW reached out to Sony for comment. A rep for the studio confirmed the reshoots but stated the cost was only $3-$4 million rather than the $30-$40 million Aykroyd had claimed on the show.
It’s been stated for some time Aykroyd originally wanted a story of yesterday’s Ghostbusters handing the reigns off to a new generation of paranormal punching set of proton packers. So this could very well be the actor who is so very proud of the original movie, letting off some steam while letting Feig so coyly know, “I told you so”.