Nearly a year after Paul Feig’s female reboot of “Ghostbusters” was released to lukewarm box office returns, the director has been pinned by one of the original film’s stars, Dan Aykroyd, as the reason why there won’t be a sequel.
In the weeks leading up to the film’s premiere, Aykroyd had high praise for the movie and its leading ladies, and in an interview yesterday on the British talk show “Sunday Brunch,” he said he still loves the film.
But Aykroyd, who served as executive producer on the reboot, believes that Feig allowed the film’s costs to get out of hand with reshoots, which meant a lower return on investment for Sony Pictures at the box office. He also claimed that Feig didn’t shoot scenes that Aykroyd suggested they do during initial shooting, only to go back and order reshoots for them after test screenings.
“It cost too much, and Sony does not like to lose money. It made a lot of money around the world, but it just cost too much, making it economically not feasible to do another one.”
“Ghostbusters” received generally positive reviews from critics when it was released last July, but only made $229 million worldwide against a budget of $144 million before substantial marketing costs.
Watch a portion of Aykroyd’s interview in the video below.
— Ross Maclean (@ross_maclean) June 4, 2017