Ghostbusters 2016 director Paul Feig went on SirusXm radio for an interview the other day and laid the blame for the response to his film at the feet of the 2016 presidential race. The two candidates in the race were Hilary Clinton and eventual winner Donald Trump. The race got very ugly as we all know, and the film became a pretty big lightning rod for controversy in the months leading up to its release and following the trailer debut. The all-female Ghostbusters team was met with vitriol, and while the film performed ok at the box office, it was far from the hit anyone was hoping for. You can see his quotes below.
Ghostbusters Failed Due To The Election
"I think some really brilliant author needs to write a book about 2016 and how intertwined we were with Hillary and the anti-Hillary movement, it was just this year and everyone was at a boiling point. I don't know if it was having an African American president for eight years teed them up, they were just ready to explode. There's tapes of Donald Trump going 'now the Ghostbusters are only women, what's going on?' It's crazy how people got nuts about women trying to be empowered or be in positions they weren't normally in, and it was an ugly, ugly year."
These quotes also come on the heels that somewhere there is a 3 1/2 hour cut of the film somewhere that Feig said he wants to someday release. While this film failed to launch a new series of films, it did lead to another relaunch of the Ghostbusters franchise, with next year's anticipated film Ghostbusters: Afterlife in March. It was initially supposed to come out on July 10th, 2020, and moved due to the ongoing theater shutdowns around the world.