Ghostbusters interview: Paul Feig is happy with his remake, but wouldn't do another

Tom Butler
Senior Editor

Paul Feig’s ‘Ghostbusters’ remake hits home entertainment this week and is available now on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital download.

The extended Blu-ray edition comes with a longer cut of the film that reinstates a number of deleted scenes, along with over 3 hours of previously unseen bonus content that includes blooper reels, alternate takes, and behind the scenes goodies.

Despite all this missing footage that didn’t make it cinemas though ‘Bridesmaids’ director Paul Feig maintains he’s happy with the version that was released and would happily repeat the process despite the film’s troubled release.

“I had so much fun doing it,” Feig told us in our exclusive interview above.

Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, and Kristen Wiig in ‘Ghostbusters’ – Credit: Sony Pictures

“We had the greatest time working on it. I’m just thrilled to have it out where it’s easily accessible for everybody to get, but I don’t think I would have changed a thing.”

On the thornier issue of whether he’d attempt to remake another classic franchise following the backlash he faced over this one, Feig wasn’t so sure.

“I would probably steer away from [making] another remake. This one was a very special thing to me because I love the original and it felt like it was such a great world to go revisit and to bring into current day with special effects, and to also have the four funniest people I know working on it, just like the four original Ghostbusters were the funniest people at that time.”

Chris Hemsworth cuts a rug in ‘Ghostbusters’ – Credit: Sony Pictures

One of those missing scenes reinstated for the home entertainment release was a huge dance sequence featuring Chris Hemsworth that was cut from the film’s climax. Feig says it was a tough call to make (the scene was rumoured to have cost seven figures, according to THR) and he admits he’s still not sure he made the right decision to consign it to the closing credits.

“It was always very hard to cut Chris Hemsworth’s dance number, we really debated that [for] a long time, and I still i’m not sure i’m happy that we took it out.”

You can see the reinstated dance scene in full on the Extended Edition Blu-ray of ‘Ghostbusters’ out now.