Director Paul Feig explains why he's making an all-female Ghostbusters reboot

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Dec 30, 2014, 11:14 AM EST

Director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids), who has signed on to direct the new-look Ghostbusters, talked about the project in the latest print issue of Empire magazine. He said he shied away from a straight-up sequel because he has too much respect for the franchise to mess with it (as opposed to that aborted plan for a sequel from a few years back). So the only way he felt comfortable was to put his own spin on the story.

For Feig, that means taking the Ghostbusters concept and filtering it through his lens of making really funny movies with really funny women. It could also mean a boatload of swearing, though Feig says they’ll tone down that part of his style to make sure Ghostbusters comes in at PG-13 — because that volume of swearing wouldn't be the best fit for the family-friendly franchise:

“I have too much respect for the original one [to do a sequel]. There’s also the feeling that once the world knows ghosts and has seen them busted on such a large scale, they run the risk of becoming pedestrian. There's something fun about introducing our world, which has never seen ghosts to the phenomenon of ghosts. I love origin stories and to introduce new characters. A lot of people accused it of being a gimmick. I guess I can see the cynics' view of it, but for me I just love working with funny women. People said, 'Why don't you do a mix?' I'm just more interested in the idea of lady Ghostbusters. It's the way my brain works…

I want ours to be scarier than the original, to be quite honest. Katie Dipold and I are so focused on wanting to do scary comedy. We don't want to hold back … The reason I do a lot of R-Rated comedies is that you want a movie to feel honest. But the Ghostbusters world doesn't need that level of swearing. We'll have to be PG-13 with this one. I would like to make it R-Rated, but I won't. You want the biggest number of people to watch it and not be put off by it.”

We’re definitely intrigued to see what Feig comes up with, and he’s more than proven to have the comedy chops to pull it off. Do you think an all-female team is the right approach to bring Ghostbusters back to life?

(Via Empire, Comic Book Movie)