GHOSTBUSTERS Reshoots Cost Up to $40 Million
Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters reboot didn’t fare well in its debut last summer, grossing just $229 million worldwide on a budget of $144 million. Directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy) and starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, the planned franchise-launcher could have caused Sony a loss of upwards of $70 million, making a sequel “unlikely.”
Dan Aykroyd, star and co-writer of the 1984 Ghostbusters, executive produced the reboot and serves as co-head of Ghost Corps (Sony’s in-house production company established exclusively to produce Ghostbusters content) — and in a new interview with the UK’s Sunday Brunch television show, Aykroyd revealed another problem with the film: costly reshoots.
“[Ghostbusters] made a lot of money around the world but 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,” Aykroyd said. “[Feig] didn’t shoot scenes we suggested to him and several scenes that were going to be needed and he said, ‘Nah, we don’t need them.’ Then we tested the movie and they needed them and he had to go back. About $30 to $40-million in reshoots. So he will not be back on the Sony lot any time soon.”
Ivan Reitman, director of the original Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II as well as co-head of Ghost Corps, said of the film’s lack of success in March: “We certainly would’ve loved to have a larger hit, but considering the last film was almost 30 years ago, it really did extremely well. I think the film cost too much, frankly, and that’s the real issue. I personally had other points of view in terms of where the film should go and it was kind of a continuous conversation with Paul [Feig] about that. But Paul was the filmmaker on this one and he’s a very talented director. I wanted to give him enough room to do the film he thought it should be.”
Reitman also shared that “multiple new [Ghostbusters] movies” are in development, including an animated film.