Ahead of the theatrical release of the much anticipated Ghostbusters reboot from director Paul Feig (Spy) due out this Friday, word of mouth has painted the film as being a solid return for the paranormal-comedy franchise - though one that plays it a little too safe on the whole. Despite the fact that some fans of the outstanding property and original film of 1984 have seen fit to decry and defame the very idea of the the new movie's fundamental premise and creative conception, there has also been plenty of defensing made by the cast and crew already, as well as from others.
The first official trailer for the Ghostbusters reboot has since gone on to become the most disliked video on YouTube of all time, and yet the production as a whole is still expected to bring in between $40-50 million over the course of opening weekend. With that being said, it's beginning to look more likely than not that general audiences are going to be onboard with the new movie in a big way, and should be more than pleased to hear the latest news on a forthcoming extended cut of Feig's film.
According to an exclusive interview with Feig conducted by Collider, the theatrical cut of the Ghostbusters reboot was cut down from over four hours of initial footage. Such an excessive length for an early version of the new movie shouldn't be all that surprising considering the collected improvisational talents of lead actors Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. As Feig himself explained:
"The editor’s first cut was 4 hours and 15 minutes, and I trimmed that down to a slim 3 and a half hours. We generate a lot of stuff and I always wanna have all the underpinnings of a big, emotional story, and because of that it just added a lot of extra scenes that as you’re going through, you know you have to make a lot of choices because I knew I had to bring this down under two hours. You just start weeding and saying, ‘What do people want to delve deeper into and what do we wanna just kind of skirt through and get to the fun parts?"
That being said, an extended cut of the theatrical release of Ghostbusters will be included with its release on Blu-ray and DVD - one which will stand at a run time of 2 hours and 11 minutes (with roughly 15 minutes of added content). Speaking to what home video viewers can expect from the longer cut, Feig stated:
"We actually just finished [the extended cut] so it’s about another 15 minutes longer, but I will also include a lot of the deleted scenes and extra material that we have on the DVD. It’s actually some stuff that we finished the VFX on just because we wanted to have this nice-looking extended cut too, so it was very kind of the studio to let us finish all of that."
Knowing that everything featured in theaters won't be all that potential viewers of the Ghostbusters reboot will have to look forward certainly leaves room for plenty of excitement to continue to build leading up to the film's theatrical release this weekend. Whether or not Feig will be able to win over even the most embittered fans of the franchise with his new take on the classic property remains to be seen, but here's to hoping that everyone will find something to enjoy anyway.
Ghostbusters will see theatrical release in the U.S. on July 15, 2016.