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The Ghostbusters reboot, currently under the watchful eye of director Paul Feig, has gone through a lot of changes and a lot of controversy as it has progressed. With one original cast member for and one against the project, the dividing lines couldn't be any clearer. And yet, there's still room for innovation that might drive fans mad, as the new Ghostbusters is aiming to be both be seriously scary, while maintaining a PG-13 raiting.
The latest issue of Empire Magazine has Feig talking about his approach towards Ghosbusters, as well as just sort of tone that he and co-writer Katie Dipold are trying to nail for the blockbuster project. While the female cast hasn't been set, despite reports to the contrary, what is being set in stone right now is the fact that the film is going to try and scare the life out of audiences worldwide. Of course, as seen in the blurb below, Paul Feig wants to also make audiences laugh as much as scream. Said the director,
"I want ours to be scarier than the original, to be quite honest. Katie Dipold and I are so focused on wanting to do scary comedy. We don't want to hold back."
This isn't a huge shock, considering the direction that the proposed male driven side of the Ghostbusters universe would also aim for something funny yet gritty. What might be a surprise, though, is that the usually profane Paul Feig has already set a cap on his familiar swear tactics, as he told Empire the following:
"The reason I do a lot of R-Rated comedies is that you want a movie to feel honest. But the Ghostbusters world doesn't need that level of swearing. We'll have to be PG-13 with this one. I would like to make it R-Rated, but I won't. You want the biggest number of people to watch it and not be put off by it."
If there's anything that Paul Feig knows, it's targeting the right audience with the right project. While he's spun profitable gold in the past with raunchy comedies such as Bridesmaids and The Heat, Feig knows that projects like Ghostbusters, or even the Peanuts film he's producing, don't need to be sweary gems to be accepted by the public. While the original Ghostbusters weren't exactly saints with the language they used, what they said in the original films wouldn't surpass the PG-13 barrier these days, so there's no real resistance to a PG-13 Ghostbusters film.
Ghostbusters has its head and heart in the right place so far, and looks ready to believe in audience's welcoming its arrival on an unspecified date in the future.