There's an old adage that most of us know well: No publicity is bad publicity. Sony Pictures Entertainment's Motion Picture Group Chairman Tom Rothman certainly seems to subscribe to that saying, at least when it comes to the forthcoming "Ghostbusters" reboot.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Rothman was asked how he imagines all the internet backlash against the film affecting its performance. "It’s the greatest thing that ever happened," Rothman responded. "Are you kidding me? We’re in the national debate, thank you." In fact, he even hopes other disgruntled fans speak out against films with which they take personal issue. "Can we please get some more haters to say stupid things?"
Of course, not everyone has had such a positive reaction to the bashing. Director Paul Feig said he had "hit the wall" with dealing with haters early last month, while the film's co-writer Kate Dippold recently spoke out against the "nasty comments" that appeared "before there was even a movie." We'll see if Rothman turns out to be right about the upside of trolls when "Ghostbusters," starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, hits theaters on July 15.