After the 2016 reboot of “Ghostbusters" hit theaters and saw less-than-stellar box office returns, it looked like hopes for a sequel were pretty dim. While the film received generally average reviews, it underperformed by a large margin at the box office overseas. However, that doesn't stop director Paul Feig from wanting to suit up his cast once again for a sequel.
Speaking to the Daily Beast, Feig recently said that, despite the middling returns on the box office, he still would like to see stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones reprise their roles in a sequel.
Feig did say that the decision was ultimately Sony’s choice “because they have to pay for it," and added that nobody has called him regarding it. However, he did go on to say that he enjoyed the film's world and the characters' impact on audiences. He told the site, “...I love those characters and I know they are now heroes and mean a lot to a lot of people, so in a perfect world it would be great if we could see them bust more ghosts, kick more ass, and be awesome again.”
Thanks to the hack that revealed tons of Sony emails, it’s now known that the company had been banking on the film to kickstart an entirely new “Ghostbusters” universe, complete with sequels and an all-male spinoff. Unfortunately, the film only grossed $229 million worldwide -- and with a budget of $150 million and much more money poured into the marketing, it's safe to say the movie was a financial failure.
While the movie may not have done as well as he hoped, Feig sees the silver lining in it all. The director said he continues to receive positive comments from young women all around the world.
“...I get contacted all day long over social media by women thanking me for the movie, and girls and young women sending me pictures of themselves in their modern-day Ghostbusters costumes,”‘If this movie was around when I was younger I’d maybe be an engineer now, because I see these cool women who are scientists.’ So I hope the world will go, wow, we got upset over something that we really didn’t need to get upset over. I’m hoping that time will rehabilitate us.”
"Ghostbusters" is currently available to purchase on Digital HD and Blu-ray.