Exclusive: ‘Ghostbusters’ director talks ‘very original’ sequel

Written by Staff Writer By Caitlin Chadwick, CNN In July, the cast and crew of “Ghostbusters” celebrate their 30th anniversary of the original movie, which is coming to Blu-ray/DVD June 4. CNN Geek Out…

Exclusive: 'Ghostbusters' director talks 'very original' sequel

Written by Staff Writer

By Caitlin Chadwick, CNN

In July, the cast and crew of “Ghostbusters” celebrate their 30th anniversary of the original movie, which is coming to Blu-ray/DVD June 4.

CNN Geek Out has teamed up with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to bring you a behind-the-scenes peek at the making of the new and (gasp!) very original sequel, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” — the follow-up to the original hit of 1984.

In addition to exploring the legendary creation of the famous acronym, “Ghostbusters” director Paul Feig brings up the eternal question of whether or not ghosts can actually be brought to life:

“Well, you can take a selfie with a ghost,” Feig says. “I mean, it does exist.”

Feig, a first-time director and “Ghostbusters” screenwriter, believes that the new film does justice to the iconic franchise.

“I think we learned the lessons of the first one — that if you’re a good comedy, people will go. And if it’s a good horror movie, people will go. You can’t make a bad comedy — you can’t make a bad horror movie.”

“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” sees the team brought back to life after an attack from an unknown force threatens to wipe them out once and for all.

“Ghostbusters” revival welcomed

Feig says that his aim with “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” was to build on what made the first film so successful 30 years ago — and do it again.

“Every single Easter egg is a nod to what made the first one great,” Feig explains. “And every single joke has been improved upon — especially the modern day version of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.”

But even with the new addition of a fully-grown Stay Puft, were they able to replicate the original’s comedic highlights?

“Absolutely! In a perfect world, they would be exactly the same — the Ghostbusters, and the now super-aged Stay Puft!”

“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” debuts in theaters on June 15.

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