Director Paul Feig's 2016 Ghostbusters remake met with intense, and often vitriolic, criticism right from the first trailer, which garnered an unprecedented number of dislikes. Much of that criticism focused on the production's choice to use female leads, a decision that Feig has defended by saying that many female viewers reacted positively to the film. However, he has now stated that he wishes that the film hadn't turned into a "cause."
"I think it kind of hampered us a little bit because the movie became so much of a cause," Feig told Vulture. "I think for some of our audience, they were like, 'What the f*ck? We don't wanna go to a cause. We just wanna watch a f*ckin' movie.'
"It was a great regret in my life that the movie didn't do better, 'cause I really loved it," Feig continued. "It's not a perfect movie. None of my movies are perfect. I liked what we were doing with it. It was only supposed to be there to entertain people."
In June, original Ghostbusters star and co-writer Dan Aykroyd criticized Feig's inability to listen to studio criticism as one of the big reasons for the film's financial failure, which has put a halt to potential sequels, at least for now. Ivan Reitman, who directed the original movies, has not ruled out any more live-action sequels, though the franchise is currently focusing on developing its animated instalments.
Ghostbusters is at 73 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 60 on Metacritic. The film grossed $229 million against a production cost of $144 million. The film is now available on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and 4K.