The 2016 Ghostbusters reboot was a controversial film, but mostly because of obnoxious jerks who claimed that replacing the original male cast with a team of four female paranormal investigators was “politically-correct liberal BS.” Or something like that.
Once the movie actually came out, many fans were pleasantly surprised that it was actually decent — better than the trailers seemed to indicate, anyway. Overall, it was an okay reboot project that did reasonably well at the box office, despite all the whiny cries from the dark corners of the internet about “male genocide” or “feminist propaganda.”
However, one man who knows a thing or two about busting ghosts recently ripped director Paul Feig for how he handled the production of the movie. On a recent episode of Sunday Brunch (a U.K. show), Dan Aykroyd blasted Feig for over-spending and not listening to the executive producers at Sony.
— Ross Maclean (@ross_maclean) June 4, 2017
“[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.”
The film cost roughly $144 million to make, but only brought in $229 million at the box office. Sure, it was profitable, but to the standards that Hollywood usually wants.
It should be mentioned that Aykroyd did make a point to praise the performances of the female cast and said he was impressed with the final movie, overall. It just cost way to much to make.