Speaking with Yahoo Movies, he did express joy over the fact that so many people care about Ghostbusters that they’d eat up every little detail that they can. He still tries to "stay ahead of the leaks," but there was one moment that really got him down. He said,
The only one that got me really bummed out was the one of Chris Hemsworth — just because that was on a studio way out in the middle of nowhere. It was a private shoot. Somebody had that, like, two hours after we shot it. I was like, 'Oh my god.' That was somebody who came through this field and was illegally shooting over our fence. That bummed me out because you just don’t want stuff flying everywhere. I’m being very generous giving people looks and peeks. Let me hang onto some of this. The bummer is it goes everywhere, and I don’t think the news outlets realize it wasn’t legally gotten. We’re still filmmakers who want to surprise you with stuff.
In addition to Hemsworth in costume as the Ghostbusters’ new sexy secretary, other details that leaked too soon were the cameo appearances from Ernie Hudson, someone who was initially distancing himself from the project, and Sigourney Weaver. The latter’s appearance was revealed this past Friday, which forced Feig to tweet the following:
Gang, trying to keep surprises but this is about to leak, so I'll tell you myself: the awesome Sigourney Weaver is going to be in our movie!— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) September 25, 2015
Earlier still, paparazzi photos of cast members Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon in full Ghostbusters attire hit the Web. This leak seemingly forced Feig’s hand, as the director released a proper photo of the quartet on the set. Ghostbusters recently wrapped up principal photography, having finished production in Massachusetts, so the crew doesn’t have to worry as much about photo leaks for the time being.
As tweeted by Paul Feig, the new film sees his leading ladies portray four new characters: Erin Gilbert, Jillian Holtzmann, Abby Yates and Patty Tolan. Though story details have largely been elusive, the Boston Herald reported that Wiig and McCarthy play co-authors who write a book about the existence of ghosts. Wiig’s character tries to separate herself from the book by leading a life as a Columbia University professor, but she’s laughed out after it resurfaces. The two friends reunite, however, when New York City is invaded by phantasms, and they need the help of two other Ghostbusters (McKinnon and Jones) to take them down.
Paul Feig's Ghostbusters will be in theaters on July 15, 2016.