Original Ghostbusters Director Responds to Haters of New Movie

Wait and see, Ivan Reitman says.


Sony's upcoming Ghostbusters reboot has been much-discussed, but not always in a positive way. Now, the director of the 1984 original and its sequel, Ivan Reitman, has spoken out to respond to haters of the new movie, telling them in a new interview to wait and see.

He told The Los Angeles Times that he doesn't think the early Ghostbusters trailers were bad. Instead, the movie is getting some heat because it faced the impossible tasking of living up to originals. Not only that, but the same people criticizing the new film adored the original, Reitman argued.

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"Many of the people writing furiously about [the new Ghostbusters] were at an age, maybe 7 or 8 or 9, when Ghostbusters was the coolest thing they ever experienced," he said. "And now there's this two-minute trailer and how can that stand up to it? It's not so much that the trailer was bad. The trailer was fine. It just can't stand up to more than 25 years of personal experience."

Once people finally get to see the new film, they will understand what sets it apart in a good way. "That's why people have to see it. Word will be out quickly," he explained.

Reitman went on to say that he was happy to pass the directing torch to Paul Feig, whom he says did "some brilliant things" with the new film. Specifically, Reitman praised the way Feig handled the four main characters, who are played by Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones.

"I'm confident when you see them interacting with each other and you think of what [Bill Murray] and [Harold Ramis] and [Sigourney Weaver] and [Dan Aykroyd] did in those two movies; audiences will respond in the same way."

One of the most-discussed elements of the new Ghostbusters is its female cast. By comparison, the original movies focused on a crew of men. Talking about the shift, Reitman said, "We live in a different era than the early 1980s, one of broadened intelligence."

On the subject of the blowback from the casting decision, Reitman said he "didn't realize how vicious it could be." But at the same time, he acknowledged that, "We're all adults. We knew what we were getting into."

Reitman is not the first person tied to Ghostbusters that has spoken about the hate surrounding the film. Tom Rothman, who oversees all of Sony Pictures' movie business, said in June that the "online bashing" of his movie is actually "the greatest thing that ever happened."

"Can we please get some more haters to say stupid things?" he said.

Ghostbusters comes to theaters on July 15. Activision is releasing a new Ghostbusters game right around the movie's launch. Though it's not directly tied to the film, a premium version of the game comes with a ticket to see the new movie.

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