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Dan Aykroyd Knows Why Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' "Failed"

By Jodi Smith | Industry | June 6, 2017 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | June 6, 2017 |

When you reboot a beloved franchise with a brand new cast who have vaginas, you can expect some pushback from certain types of people men. In the end, it wasn’t so much the dudebros who hated women making a sequel unlikely, it was just box office math (even though movies that made less got sequels, but whatever).

I’ve been able to enjoy the movie that we got and leave it at that. Original Ghostbusters creator and star Dan Akyroyd, however, seems to have a major case of butthurt with a side of mansplain-itis.

“The girls are great in it. Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig — what a wonderful, wonderful players they are — and Leslie Jones. I was really happy with the movie, but it cost too much. And Sony does not like to lose money. It made a lot of money around the world but it just cost too much, making it economically not feasible to do another one. So that’s too bad - the director, he spent too much on it. He didn’t shoot scenes we suggested to him, several scenes that were going to be needed, and he said, ‘No, we don’t need them,’ and then we tested the movie and they needed them and he had to go back — about $30 to $40 million in reshoots. So, yeah, he will not be back on the Sony lot anytime soon.” - VIA

Um, where to start? The stars aren’t girls, they’re grown women. Stopping after listing three of the women to say that they are wonderful and then throwing in Leslie Jones like an afterthought is a shit move.

Then blaming director Paul Feig for not shooting the scenes that Aykroyd and the turd in his pocket suggested and then claiming they actually did need them, to the tune of $40 million? There is no way that Sony dropped that much on re-shoots. In fact, the studio says the numbers are closer to $3-4 million for re-shoots. Then Aykroyd says “he will not be back on the Sony lot anytime soon.” Motherfucker, what?

Paul Feig was a profitable director before he did Ghostbusters and that isn’t likely to change anytime soon, especially if he keeps collaborating with McCarthy. As for Aykroyd, let me think, what is the last movie he directed? I feel like the name is on the tip of my dicknose…


I’m sure it will come to me. Anyway, Aykroyd wasn’t done there. He took to Facebook to further insult the movie and director:

Am I high or were the “originators” in the remake?


It’s been a year, dude. Get over it. We have.

Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.

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