‘Ghostbusters’: Dan Aykroyd Blames Director Paul Feig, Studio Responds

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Shots fired.

Dan Aykroyd was on board as executive producer on last year’s reboot of the supernatural comedy Ghostbusters, and he’s not too happy with the outcome. To be clear, he’s happy with the film itself, he’s just not happy with the man he blames for the lack of a sequel on the horizon: director Paul Feig.

The actor, who played Dr. Raymond Stantz in the original films, shared his thoughts on the reboot while on Britain’s Channel 4. First of all, he enjoyed the film and had kind words for the leads.

“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,” Aykroyd said, before that dreaded ‘but’ came in.

“… 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.”

Aykroyd wasn’t done. Sans prodding from the hosts, Aykroyd proceeded to accuse Feige of not listening to suggestions and then racking up the budget – by a lot – with reshoots.

“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.”

Freelance film critic and broadcaster Ross Maclean shared the footage:

If reshoots costing over $US30 million sounds like a bit of a stretch, that’s because it may very well be, at least according to Sony Pictures. Deadline reports that the studio has refuted Aykroyd’s claims, pointing out the reshoots were actually budgeted between $US3 million and $US4 million.

The Ghostbusters reboot cost $US144 million to make and made $US229.1 million worldwide. That’s not a great pull, especially when you take into account the marketing spend, but it isn’t all-out horrific. Now, take Aykroyd’s claims as factual and that budget climbs up to $US180 million, making it completely understandable why Aykroyd is a little upset and why the studio would want Feig far away from their projects. Who knows what the truth is at this point.

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