The Ghostbusters reboot was a fun female-driven film, one that earned producers $229 million from its $144 million budget. But because the film underperformed, a sequel, which has yet to be green-lit, is unlikely to be made. For that, former Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd blames director Paul Feig.
According to Screenrant, Aykroyd, who had written and starred in the original 1984 film and produced and cameoed in the 2016 version, said:
"[Feig] spent too much on it. He 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.”
If you do the math, you’ll see that the 2016 Ghostbusters earned what looks like a profit of $85 million. But that $144 million doesn’t account for advertising, which according to HowStuffWorks requires as much as 50 percent of the budget. If this is true, the film’s advertising costs around $72 million, which puts the film’s profits at a mere $13 million.
In other words, Ghostbusters was successful. But not successful enough.
Feig’s next movie is The Heat 2. It’s produced by Twentieth Century Fox, not Sony.