‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot To Be Scarier, PG-13 Confirmed

Posted in The Screening Room by - December 31, 2014

Even though I’m throughly opposed to a new Ghostbusters film that isn’t a sequel, Paul Feig and an all-female cast seem to be moving forward with it at a voracious pace. Feig also seems to be confirming that he is going to attempt to set this new Ghostbusters apart from the original film by gearing it more towards horror than the original. 

I want ours to be scarier than the original, to be quite honest, Katie Dipold and I are so focused on wanting to do scary comedy. We don’t want to hold back.

— Paul Feig speaking with Empire

Along with the confirmation that the film is going to be more of a scary comedy than a comedy with some scary elements, Feig also addressed the MPAA rating of the film. 

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.

— Paul Feig speaking with Empire

Ghostbusters is one of my favorite comedies due to the way that the cast interacts with one another, and just the seemingly novel concept that turns into a truly winning franchise. However, to me at least, the idea of remaking Ghostbusters is similar to remaking Back to the Future; it just doesn’t need to be due to the timelessness of the original. If you sit down and watch the original Ghostbusters it doesn’t feel dated except for the physical effects, but otherwise the story has a quality to it that transcends the era in which it was made. This could be chalked up to smart screen-writing and not relying on pop culture references to drive the humor of the film.

While I have nothing against Paul Feig (I don’t find Bridesmaid or The Heat amusing partially due to the fact that I don’t think Melissa McCarthy is remotely funny or charming) I am trying to stay partial on this reboot. I’ll give it a fair shake but honestly I would rather let sleeping dogs lie; go come up with an original idea Hollywood as opposed to continuing to exploit truly classic films.  

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Chris Stachiw is the Editor-in-Chief and co-host of the Kulturecast. He’s a native Californian with a penchant for sarcasm and a taste for the cinematic bizarre. You’ll often find him wandering the wasteland of Nebraska searching for the meaning of life and possibly another rare Pokemon.

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