Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Paul Feig Says Ghostbusters Reboot Influenced by The Walking Dead

The original Ghostbusters is taking an interesting turn. As it stands, the movie will have a completely female cast, but what is more intriguing is the inspiration for it.

Director Paul Feig surprised everyone when he announced during the AMC’s The Talking Dead that the hit series The Walking Dead will have a strong impact on how the movie will look and feel like.

"I will say, I was very inspired by this show. What I love is how they play with the danger, they play with the scariness, but also the idea that it’s always about gauntlet run. And that’s something; an element I want to bring to this Ghostbusters reboot is having to get through these various obstacles that are supernatural and all that. I really feed off of The Walking Dead."

It is clear that the lighthearted Ghostbusters just can not utilize the elements of gory and dark zombie drama, but Feig seems to disagree, claiming that his take on the cult movie will be “really scary”.

What specifically attracted Feig to this concept, is the “gauntlet run” and “obstacles” elements, which could indicate that he is not trying to replicate the intensiveness of The Walking Dead but instead make the narrative part somewhat similar. It seems that everybody hopes that this will be the case, as the idea of gory Ghostbusters does not lie well with its traditional audience.

The idea of increasing the “horrorness” of new Ghostbusterswas already discussed by Feig:

"Both [screenwriter Katie Dippold] and I are obsessed with how do we make comedy really scary? […] I think funny people in peril and in danger is one of the best forms of comedy, and I really like things to play very real while funny things are happening. So that’s what both Katie and I really want to do with this one is make it crazy funny but also you’re scared at the same time."


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