Ghostbusters reboot will be 'a New York movie'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 January 2015
Paul Feig

Paul Feig

Writer and director of the Female-led 'Ghostbusters' reboot Paul Feig insists it will be "a New York movie"

The female-led 'Ghostbusters' reboot will be "a New York movie".

Paul Feig, the writer and director of the film, has confirmed that the reboot will be set in the Big Apple, as was the case with the earlier films.

Asked whether he had any intention of basing the new movie elsewhere, Feig said: "No, to me it's such a New York movie and the biggest sin would be to pull it out of there. I just love New York and, selfishly, I just want to shoot in New York."

Feig explained the new film will feature "fun nods to the old movie", but will not descend into self-parody.

He told Empire: "We're not recreating the old movie but we want to do just enough fun nods that the fans will go, 'Oh, okay, they're acknowledging that the other movie existed.

"I like to watch parodies, but I don't want to do them because they're too referential. Comedy that's too referential has such a short shelf life, whereas comedy that's based around characters will be relatable 2000 years from now because people won't change that much."

Feig also explained that his writing process has been disrupted by the Sony hacking scandal, with extra attention being paid to stop the script from leaking.

He said: "We've been working on laptops and passing flash drives back and forth.

"It's very old school. We're using paper, god forbid."


  • 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.