Paul Feig stated that he hopes his 2016 Ghostbusters film can co-exist with Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
While many fans are excited that the new film serves as a direct continuation of the original two Ghostbusters films, others are disappointed at the abandonment of the reboot series’ potential, with Feig’s hopes potentially leading to the best of both worlds for all fans.
“I hope,” Feig confirmed with /Film in regards to his reboot series finding new life. “What’s so great, in the comic book world, they’ve done a lot of crossover ones where there’s like an interdimensional rip and our team joins up with the original Ghostbusters. So the fact that that’s already been laid and made comic book canon, anything could happen so who knows. I would love to see that team come back. We had so much fun making that movie, for whatever controversy it caused. The fact that so many kids love that, that we won the Nickelodeon Best Movie of the Year Award that year makes me very happy.”
Despite the division among fans of the series, the creators of the films have shown much more solidarity.
“This looks so awesome,” Feig shared about the trailer for Afterlife. “Huge congrats to [director Jason Reitman] and his amazing cast and crew. I cannot WAIT to see this!”
Jason Reitman’s father, Ivan, directed the original two movies and, despite some of his initial comments about his new take on the source material being for “real” fans of the franchise, went on to clarify his remarks and show support for the reboot.
“I have nothing but admiration for Paul and [stars] Leslie [Jones] and Kate [McKinnon] and Melissa [McCarthy] and Kristen [Wiig] and the bravery with which they made Ghostbusters 2016. They expanded the universe and made an amazing movie!”
Ghostbusters: Afterlife lands in theaters on July 10th.