The Walking Dead

The all-female cast won’t be the only thing distinguishing the Ghostbusters reboot from the original Ghostbusters movies. It’ll also be taking inspiration from an unusual source.

During an appearance on AMC’s The Talking Dead, director Paul Feig revealed that The Walking Dead would be an influence on the new film. Well, he did promise his Ghostbusters would be “scarier than the original.” Read Feig’s Ghostbusters Walking Dead comments after the jump. 

Here’s Feig explaining how The Walking Dead influenced his Ghostbusters reboot (via ScreenCrush):

I will say, I was very inspired by this show. What I love is how they play with the danger, they play with the scariness, but also the idea that it’s always about gauntlet run. And that’s something; an element I want to bring to this Ghostbusters reboot is having to get through these various obstacles that are supernatural and all that. I really feed off of The Walking Dead.

The unrelentingly grim zombie drama wouldn’t mesh well with the lighthearted Ghostbusters we know and love. However, Feig’s Ghostbusters seems to have a different tone, as he’s talked repeatedly about his hope of making it “really scary.”

Moreover, Feig specifically says he’s interested in the “gauntlet run” and “obstacles” of the show, so perhaps he’s borrowing certain elements of the narrative without trying to copy its dour tone. Let’s hope that’s it. I don’t think anyone’s really eager to see the Ghostbusters go dark and gritty.

Feig has previously spoken about why he wants to up the scare factor in the new Ghostbusters:

Both [screenwriter Katie Dippold] and I are obsessed with how do we make comedy really scary? […] I think funny people in peril and in danger is one of the best forms of comedy, and I really like things to play very real while funny things are happening. So that’s what both Katie and I really want to do with this one is make it crazy funny but also you’re scared at the same time.

Do you like the idea of a Walking Dead-influenced Ghostbusters, or do you wish Feig would look elsewhere for inspiration?

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