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Ghostbusters is a horror-comedy franchise that is certainly better known for its comedy than its horror - but there has been a good amount of suggestion hinting that the scales may tip a bit in the opposite direction with the upcoming reboot. Director Paul Feig has said in the past that he has plans to make his version of the classic comedy much "scarier" than the original, and now he has revealed that he has actually been "very inspired" by one of the top rated horror shows on television: The Walking Dead.
The director revealed the connection between his upcoming film and the AMC zombie series in a rather perfect place, as he was a guest on the post-Walking Dead talk show Talking Dead last night when he made the revelation. According to ComicBook.com, Feig was asked if there was any kind of link between Ghostbusters and zombies, and he explained,
"I will say, I was very inspired by this show. What I love is how they play with the danger, they play with the scariness, but also the idea that it's always about gauntlet run. And that's something, an element I want to bring to this Ghostbusters reboot is having to get through these various obstacles that are supernatural and all that. I really feed off of The Walking Dead."
It's rather surprising to hear Paul Feig talk about this potentially much darker side to Ghostbusters, as it's not as though Sony Pictures hired him for his horror sensibilities. The filmmaker is best known for making things like the show Freaks and Geeks and movies like Bridesmaids and The Heat, and while there definitely are some very real moments in all of those titles, none of them really approach anything that could be even remotely called scary.
Some fans may not love the idea of the new Ghostbusters taking a scarier direction than the original movies, but at the same time it is plainly obvious that making the audience laugh is still going to be very high on the film's list of priorities. After all, Feig didn't hire the likes of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon to be a new generation of scream queens. So instead of knocking this film for doing something outwardly perceived to be outside of the spirit of the franchise, let's instead applaud those involved for actually trying to have their own spin and also branch out into new territory individually.
The Ghostbusters reboot is still in the process of putting its cast together, with multiple roles still needing to be filled in the coming weeks, but production will be rolling around soon. Sony has dated the film to be released on July 22, 2016, so prepare for some late summer laughs and screams.