Posted on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
The trailer for Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters hit the web this morning, but I got a chance to attend a screening and question and answer session yesterday on the Sony studio lot. Ghostbusters fans from around the United States gathered (a couple dozen even flew in) to get a sneak peek at the new trailer and get a chance to meet the filmmakers behind the new film. You can watch the Ghostbusters trailer elsewhere on the site. In this post, I recap what we learned from the discussion that followed the trailer premiere with director Paul Feig, screenwriter Katie Dippold, and producer Ivan Reitman (who, yes, directed the original two films in the 1980s).
No, This Is Definitely Not a Sequel — Here’s Why
The trailer for Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters might lead some viewers to believe that this might be a sequel/spin-off that takes place 30 years after the events of the original 1984 film Ghostbusters, but that is not the case at all. Paul Feig explains why this is a reboot instead of a sequel:
I know some people are gonna ask why is it not a sequel instead of a reboot? I didn’t like personally the idea of them being handed technology. Here’s how to do this. I wanna see it developed.
Screenwriter Katie Dippold also said the world of the story was a big reason not to make it a sequel.
One of the reasons to do it this way is that it’s just like today’s modern times. Like science doesn’t believe in ghosts anymore. So to say that [ghosts] had existed for the past 30 years, it’s just a different world. And in the original it’s so fun when ghosts unleash upon the city for the first time. It’s just a fun thing, we didn’t wanna skip over it.
Feig agrees, saying that he liked the idea of basing it in today’s world “where there’s all these ghost shows, Ghost Hunters and stuff and you’re like are they crazy, are they not?” And if a ghost appeared today it would be “a phenomenal event,” but it wouldn’t be if this story were set in a world where ghosts have existed for the last three decades. Paul Feig explains why he came on to direct a Ghostbusters reboot in the first place.
This comes from such a pure place because this thing that you guys created, this idea is such a great idea. And when Ivan was talking to me about it and then Amy Pascal was talking about it, it’s just like this is such an amazing franchise and had two amazing movies. But it could just keep going. There’s so many things you can do with it. And it just seemed terrible to just leave it in a box. And yet at the same time, there’s something exciting about the idea of like we’re bringing it to a new generation, but let this team kind of see the origin story of them.
This also makes me wonder how the original Ghostbusters firehouse will be used in this new film. They use a shot of it in the trailer, and I’m betting this is footage that appears in the movie somewhere. It’s obviously not the team’s initial headquarters, but maybe they come to it at the end of the movie? My fun fan theory is that once the group incorporates their team, they go to the iconic firehouse trying to lease it for their operation and discover they can’t afford it.
Ivan Reitman’s Ghost Corps Now Lives in a Recreation of the Ghostbusters Firehouse on the Sony Lot
Last year, it was announced that Sony had created a new division of their company called Ghost Corps, led by Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman, to control the future of the Ghostbusters universe (which includes movies, TV shows, games, books and probably much more). What we actually didn’t know is that Sony recreated the exterior of the iconic Ghostbusters firehouse on the Sony lot to house this new division.
Below you can see some of the photos I took inside the Ghost Corps lobby, the production offices where the future of the Ghostbusters films are being crafted right now.
They had an ECTO-2 motorcycle prop from the new movie on display, and even had their own fake fire pole, as well as a Gozer head mounted on one wall between teaser posters for the original 1980s films. Very cool.