Original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman chimes in on the remake's backlash

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Jul 1, 2016, 2:42 PM EDT

The new Ghostbusters remake is likely best known for the controversy surrounding it, as opposed to the film itself. So, what does the original film’s director make of the backlash?

While chatting with The Hollywood Reporter, Ivan Reitman said he can somewhat understand why fans would be upset about a new version of the film they move, noting there was no way the initial trailer could “stand up to that emotionality of what that experience was like” seeing the movie as a child. Which, sure, that’s part of it — but there also seems to be a heaping dose of sexism against Pail Feig's reboot, too, sadly.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

“It surprised me a little bit, but then I realized many of the people who are writing were about eight or nine years old when the 1984 Ghostbusters movie came out. It was kind of a seminal moment in their lives. Look, it's a nice compliment to me, that the film has sort of held up for them as an important cinematic experience in their lives…

The most important thing is the four women are spectacular together. They’re exactly at this point in their lives that my Ghostbusters were as well, in terms of their accomplishments. That's why I'm so confident in this screening that's coming up. When people see them together, all the questions get answered really quickly.”

Ghostbusters opens July 15.

What do you make of Reitman’s take on the issue?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)