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Paul Feig Defends Leslie Jones' Ghostbusters 3 Comments

When it was announced Jason Reitman would co-write and direct a new Ghostbusters movie, one of the many questions was whether the film would tie into the 2016 remake. Multiple sources, including Ghostbusters co-creator Dan Aykroyd, confirmed the new film would take place within the originals' continuity, making the 2016 reboot its own separate entity whose story would not be continued.

When actress Leslie Jones, who portrayed Ghostbuster Patty Tolan, criticized the new film, there was a strong fan backlash against her comments that the new film "was something Trump would do." However, Ghostbusters co-writer and director Paul Feig recently posted his support of Jones, despite the negative reception she's received, while also putting in his two cents about the entire situation.

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Feig touched upon the never-ending parade of negative comments and opinions directed at Jones from trolls online, something he and the cast had to deal with during the filming of Ghostbusters, and stated he believes Jones told the truth and that he supports her. While he is open to the direction and story of Reitman's Ghostbusters film, which will reunite the original Ghostbusters from the 1984 film and its 1989 sequel in modern-day New York, Feig expressed sadness that his 2016 team won't get to continue their paranormal investigations. He also added how proud of the film he and other members of the cast remain.

Ghostbusters: Answer the Call was released in July 2016, starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Charles Dance and Michael Kenneth Williams. A great majority of the cast from the original Ghostbusters films also made cameo appearances. The film opened to mixed reviews from fans and critics and earned $229 million worldwide against a budget of $144 million. However, due to the high production and budgeting costs, the film was considered a box office bomb.

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Although the film's reception was mediocre, that incarnation of Ghostbusters continues to live in the comics, where they have crossed over with the original Ghostbusters, starred in their own limited series and even worked alongside Ghostbusters from different timelines or dimensions.

Reitman's untitled Ghostbusters film has been scheduled for a summer 2020 release.

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