Dan Aykroyd had some strong words for Ghostbusters: Answer The Call director Paul Feig during an episode of UK television show Sunday Brunch. In a shocking attack on the Ghostbusters: Answer The Call director, Aykroyd said that Feig spent too much money on the film, ruining its profitability while refusing to take producers’ advice. Aykroyd said that Feig is no longer welcome at Sony as a result.
[Ghostbusters] made a lot of money around the world but just cost too much, making it economically not feasible to do another one. So that’s too bad. The director, he spent too much on it. He didn’t shoot scenes we suggested to him and several scenes that were going to be needed and he said, ‘Nah, we don’t need them.’ Then we tested the movie and they needed them and he had to go back. About $30 to $40-million in reshoots. So he will not be back on the Sony lot any time soon.
Aykroyd spent years trying to get a third Ghostbusters film made, and even before the 2016 reboot, he envisioned the franchise as the next Marvel-like cinematic universe, so he might take the whole thing a little too personally. The attack was so vicious that it’s reportedly been edited out of subsequent airings of the show, so either Aykroyd regretted being so blunt, or someone at the studio was unhappy about it. Aykroyd reportedly did continue to praise the cast of the 2016 film, so his beef appears to be with Feig alone.