Sandra Bullock has labelled the backlash to the 2016 all-female Ghostbusters reboot 'unfair.' The quest to make another Ghostbusters following the release of the second movie in 1989 was a long one. While Ghostbusters II was a hit it was released during a crowded summer period – one that included Tim Burton's Batman and Lethal Weapon 2 – so it wasn't as successful as the original. The reviews were also disappointing, and Bill Murray has made his dislike of the sequel known in the years since.
Murray holding out on a third movie meant the franchise was trapped in limbo for decades. The studio didn't want to press ahead without him, but whenever he was sent a Ghostbusters III script he'd turn it down. Following the passing of co-star and co-writer Harold Ramis, Sony instead decided to develop a reboot with an all-female cast. Paul Feig (Spy) was chosen to direct and the film included cameos from most of the original cast, but a vocal online backlash against the project is often credited with hurting its final box office take.
Sandra Bullock is currently headlining Ocean's 8, a gender-flipped spinoff of Ocean's 11. During a red-carpet interview with Variety Bullock addressed the response to the Ghostbusters reboot, and why the backlash made her mad.
That was unfair on a level that I can’t even not be mad about talking about. They literally walked into a firing squad. You had five of the most gifted comedian actresses on the planet — I’m just gonna leave it at that. And it doesn’t just take five people to make a movie. It takes about 300, so, you know what? Let’s back off the meanness. Let’s have a year of kindness. The women are here — we’re not going anywhere. But this isn’t about just women. We like sitting at the table with men. We just want to be invited to their table as well because we like them at our table.
The Ghostbusters reboot has earned itself a solid fanbase in the last couple of years, but a direct sequel seems unlikely at this stage. In addition to the underwhelming box office numbers, the movie's large budget was cited as an issue with producing a follow-up. Original Ghostbusters star Dan Ackroyd claimed that reshoots for the film came to $30-40 million, but Sony later countered this claim and stated they were closer to $4 million instead.
Ghostbusters remains a beloved series around the world, so it likely won't be long before Sony give it another try. Producer Ivan Reitman confirmed an animated movie told from the POV of a ghost would be the next project, with Fletcher Moules attached to direct. While the movie was said to be aiming for a 2019 release, nothing has been heard about the film in some time.
Source: Vanity Fair