In terms of completely obliterating and reconstructing a franchise, 2016's Ghostbusters has proven to be one of the most controversial amongst fans. In the new universe being set up by director Paul Feig, none of the characters from the 1984 Ghostbusters exist, and the world set within the comedy horror adventure has never known these haint hunting scientists. That hasn't sat well with long-time fans. Neither has the fact that four females now lead the main cast. Sony Pictures head Tom Rothman has shared his disgust at some of the things he's read online. In fact, he has some pretty harsh words for all the detractors out there.
Tom Rothman recently spoke to THR about the way the general public has perceived his rebranding of this once beloved franchise. And he calls it outright sexist. He believes the louder majority are simply 'pissing and moaning', and bluntly stated 'F 'em!' When asked how he feels about the situation, he went onto say the following.
"Everybody says we're making the female Ghostbusters, but I say, 'No, we're making the funny Ghostbusters.' Yes, it happens to be four women. It's original. You get pissing and moaning on the Internet - sexist comments - but, you know, f- 'em."
The studio boss went onto claim that Hollywood has never held diversity as one of its 'strong suits'. But he hopes to change that, and he wants to start with this new Ghostbusters, which features two of the top comedic talents in the world in either sex, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. His motto is 'do or die', because in this age, the audience has become very diverse.
Tom Rothman spoke at the Paley International Council in New York, where he also slammed Presidential hopeful Donald Trump, though he didn't outright name the Republican candidate. He also chimed in on the Syrian refugee situation, while tying this conversation into his upcoming NFL Concussion drama, pointing to the fact that Will Smith's character is an immigrant. He also cited why he loves the recent bomb, The Walk, and explained why it's important that the film exists.
"That film does something that only movies can do, in that the towers don't exist anymore. They can't exist anymore. But in that film, they do. Creativity is the best answer to terrorism."
The Sony studio head wrapped things up by saying that movie admission prices have become too expensive. And he believes that young audiences are abandoning the theatrical experience for VOD alternatives. Maybe he's putting that out there so that, if Ghostbusters bombs, he has something else to blame it on. What do you think? Do you agree with his comments about the remake?