Dan Aykroyd Attacks Ghostbusters Reboot Director

Image: Sony
Image: Sony

Ghostbusters star and co-writer Dan Aykroyd may have praised the reboot when it came out last year, but it seems he’s got one lingering gripe.

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Speaking on Britain’s Sunday Brunch (as shared by Ross Maclean on Twitter), Aykroyd was asked about Sony’s all-female Ghostbusters reboot, which under-performed at the box office and will likely not get a sequel. Aykroyd was quick to sing praises about the film’s cast, as he has in the past, but did not mince words about Paul Feig, the film’s director. According to Aykroyd, Feig’s inability to listen to feedback led to Sony having to order a series of reshoots, costing the studio up to $40-million in the process.

“[Ghostbusters] 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 any time soon.”

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We do know there were some reshoots, but it’s unclear how much they actually cost or what changes Sony was demanding Feig make. The studio could’ve been attempting to amp up the action sequences or sharpen dialogue, but it’s also possible they wanted more references to the original— which was actually one of its biggest problems. One of the main complaints about the film was how some of the scenes and gags relied too heavily on paying tribute to nostalgic moments from the original film, instead of letting the film succeed on its own.

In spite of his rant about Feig (which was reportedly removed in a re-airing of the episode), Aykroyd did say he was happy with the film overall, and loved the lead actresses who took on the iconic roles. According to him, the main problem was money.

Update, 6/5: Sony has responded to Aykroyd’s comments. In a statement to Deadline, Sony explained that the reshoots were $3-4 million, not $30-40 million.

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They should have done it as a direct sequel, with Dan Akroyd being an old professor at the shady college who is hiding from his Ghostbusters past. When he sees McCarthy and McKinnon’s characters independently duplicating their old work, he mentions it to Venkman who, still being a bit of a con artist, sells them all the old designs.

The other cameos could all stay the same, just make them their old characters. Janine went into hotel management. Winston started a funeral business and hid his Ghostbusters past from his niece. It still works.