He directed and co-wrote the Ghostbusters 2016 reboot that reinvented the series with all-female lead roles.
And Paul Feig was furious on Wednesday when he apparently learned that his film – which ultimately lost money at the box office – had been excluded from a new box set bringing together the rest of the films in the Ghostbusters franchise.
The Freaks And Geeks creator, 59, tweeted that the studio’s decision must have been a “mistake” as he pointed out his film’s connection to the rest of the Ghostbusters series.
Out of the way: Paul Feig, director of the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, lashed out at Sony on Tuesday after the studio announced plans for a Ghostbusters franchise set that excludes his female-led film; seen in 2019 in London
The latest entry in the series, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, will be released on February 1, 2022, on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra-HD versions, while the Ghostbusters Ultimate Collection box set will be released on the same day.
The set contains the first two Ghostbusters movies from the 1980s, plus the final sequel, but fans won’t find the 2016 release starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth.
Feig questioned his film’s exclusion on Twitter, while noting that it was an important part of the franchise due to the participation of the original surviving Ghostbusters stars.
“Um… @SonyPictures, I know that must be a mistake. We have a lot of fans and Bill, Dan and Ernie were there and it won the Kids Choice Award for Best Feature the year it was released. So I guess it was just an oversight? Feig tweeted adding the hashtag “#weareallghostbusters”.
Furious: Feig, 59, called the exclusion a “mistake” in a tweet and pointed out that his film was a critical success and included the original cast of Ghostbusters.
Fail: The Ghostbusters 2016 – which starred (left to right) Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon – was a hit with critics but was bombarded at the box office
Sony has so far not responded to Feig’s message.
His film was a hit with critics, and the film currently holds a respectable 74% rating from critics surveyed by Rotten tomatoes.
However, audiences were less excited about the new face of Ghostbusters, and the film was beset on social media by a wave of misogynistic social media posts upon release.
The comedy earned $ 229 million at the global box office, according to Mojo ticket office, but it was ultimately a loss for the studio due to the film’s $ 144 million budget and costly advertising campaign.
Ghostbuster 2016 was intended to kick off a new universe of Ghostbusters starring all four comic book actresses, but its financial failure led to a reboot of the series, this time helmed by original director Ivan Reitman’s son Jason Reitman.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife was received more coldly by critics, but it was a relative box office success in the pandemic era. So far, the film has earned $ 174.8 million worldwide and has a much smaller budget of $ 75 million.
Backlash: The female-led reboot was also beset by a wave of misogynistic social media posts, and audiences reacted badly to the new cast; Ghostbusters again (2016)
New try: Jason Reitman’s new film Ghostbusters: Afterlife is doing better at the box office despite the pandemic, although it has been more coldly received by critics; Paul Rudd pictured with Logan Kim and Mckenna Grace
The film, which takes a much darker approach to the comedy franchise, stars Paul Rudd and again features appearances from the original, surviving Ghostbusters.
Dan Aykroyd, who played and wrote the 1984 original with the late Harold Ramis, had previously raged against Feig after the 2016 film failed in an appearance on the UK talk show Sunday Brunch in 2017.
He criticized Feig for overspending on his film and said “he won’t be returning to the Sony field anytime soon” due to the business failure.
He claimed that the cost overruns were in part due to Feig ignoring his advice on how to design comedy.
“The director has spent too much and he did not shoot the scenes that we proposed to him. Several scenes that were going to be needed, he said, “No, we don’t need that.” And then we tested the movie and they needed it, and it had to go back – about $ 30-40 million in repeats, ”he explained.
However, he added elsewhere that he was “satisfied” with the film.
Pointing the finger: Original Ghostbusters co-writer Dan Aykroyd slammed Feig in 2017 for spending too much money and ignoring his advice on the 2016 film, which he says contributed to his boxing failure -office; seen with Harold Ramis and Bill Murray in Ghostbusters (1984)