Last year's Ghostbusters reboot was a film that became controversial as soon as it was announced. With the entire experience behind him now, director Paul Feig does have one significant regret. He doesn't regret any of his decisions in making the movie. Instead, he primarily wishes that he had never engaged the internet trolls who attacked him. According to Feig...
Before Ghostbusters, I had this sort of lovely relationships with the Internet. If I could go back in the time machine, I just wouldn't read it ... The biggest mistake I made was I took on one of the trolls.
Social media platforms have done an amazing job at making celebrities like actors or musicians accessible to everybody else. Many use the platform to actively engage fans. However, the dark side of this idea is the fact that others use the platforms to antagonize those who are doing things they don't like. Such was the case when many went after Paul Feig directly because they weren't happy with the idea of Ghostbusters being remade. Eventually, Feig started to engage some of his online critics because he'd clearly just had enough of hearing about it. Now at the Tribeca Film Festival, our own Greg Wakeman learned that the director now wishes he'd never done that.
It's likely that Paul Feig learned the same thing that everybody else does when you engage the trolls. It doesn't help. There were simply some people who were not going to accept a reboot of Ghostbusters under any circumstances, and many of them were simply going to be irate about the fact that it was happening regardless of the situation. Many were simply upset that a reboot was happening at all, feeling that the movie was somehow untouchable. Others were infuriated by the decision to make the lead cast female. Whatever the reason for the furor, the Ghostbusters remake became a target like no movie in recent memory. The film eventually did over $200 million at the global box office, although, due to the film's high production cost, the final numbers were disappointing. Although the film appears to have done well in regards to its digital and DVD performance, so the film may have ended up being a technical success.
Paul Feig says that his relationship with "the internet," we assume that means the world of social media, had been positive prior to Ghostbusters, if there's a real downside to the entire experience then it's that the relationship is now soured, likely for all involved. One wouldn't blame Paul Feig for being less interested in engaging people on Twitter following his experience. This is unfortunate for all those fans who either liked Ghostbusters or those who didn't give a damn, but are still interested in the director's other work.