Ghostbusters reboot to be 'scarier than original'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 December 2014
Paul Feig

Paul Feig

Paul Feig has revealed he is making the as-yet untitled 'Ghostbusters' reboot "scarier than ever" while making sure it is still suitable for families

Paul Feig has promised the 'Ghostbusters' reboot will be "scarier than the original".

The 52-year-old film-maker - who was confirmed as the female-led movie's director in October - says he is hoping to make it more terrifying than the previous films in the franchise, and is ensuring he and co-writer Katie Dippold don't "hold back" when it comes to developing freaky scenes.

He said: "I want ours to be scarier than the original, to be quite honest. Katie Dippold and I are so focused on wanting to do scary comedy. We don't want to hold back."

Despite revealing he wants to capitalise on the film's frightening edge, the 'Bridesmaids' director said he is keen to retain a family-friendly rating as to not alienate viewers, unlike the adult comedy movies he is famous for.

He explained: "The reason I do a lot of R-Rated comedies is that you want a movie to feel honest. But the 'Ghostbusters' world doesn't need that level of swearing. We'll have to be PG-13 with this one. I would like to make it R-Rated, but I won't. You want the biggest number of people to watch it and not be put off by it."

Details of casting have yet to be revealed, although Rebel Wilson and Melissa McCarthy have both been linked to the production, which is expected to be filmed in early 2015.


  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 56min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Paul Feig
  • Cast: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon
  • UK release: 11 July 2016

Physicist Erin (Wiig) finds herself teaming up with estranged high school pal Abby (McCarthy) and her eccentric engineer Jillian (McKinnon) in search of ghosts. Marred only by excessive reverence for the original, it's a spirited, funny and touching reboot which sticks two fingers up at sexist trolls.