The road that has led to the release of the all-female Ghostbusters reboot has been a long and exhaustingly bumpy one. But the movie is finally about to hit theaters this upcoming weekend, and all of those bumps in the road may not matter at all. The movie recently premiered and producer Amy Pascal seems to think that the future is very bright for the franchise, despite the rough start for the Ghostbusters reboot.
Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters had its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater on Saturday, and nearly every big player involved in the production was in attendance. THR caught up with Pascal at the event, and she was glowingly optimistic about the Ghostbusters franchise moving forward, saying that she feels that it is going to be massively successful. Here is what she had to say.
“I have waited for this moment for a year! It’s going to be endless. People are going to love this movie so much that they’re going to demand more and more.”
As a producer for the new all-female Ghostbusters and as a big figurehead at Sony, Pascal wasn’t likely to say anything even remotely negative about the movie, but her comments seem very bullish, especially considering the rocky start the movie had. The early reviews of the movie have been mixed, but not nearly as bad as anyone would have expected considering all of the negative press it was receiving up to this point. Here is what our own Julian Roman had to say in his movie review.
“Paul Feig’s remake of Ghostbusters isn’t a disaster. It’s mediocre at best; not remotely on par with the original, but by no means a terrible film. It took the source material and updated it into a gal buddy comedy… If you watch with an open mind and zero expectations, then it’s an average film with better than average visual effects.”
As of the writing of this article, Feig’s Ghostbusters has a 74 percent positive critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with more than 40 reviews counted. That isn’t bad at all for a movie that had very little positive press in the last six months. The first trailer for the movie went on to become the least liked movie trailer in the history of YouTube video in history and many fans absolutely hated the idea of the reboot featuring an all-female cast, which led to a lot of controversy. Even with the relatively positive early buzz, none of it has been glowing and it doesn’t at all seem to justify Pascal’s comments about the public “demanding” more from the franchise in the future.
Ghostbusters should do well enough at the box office next weekend, with a debut somewhere north of $50 million, but it may not even take the top spot away from The Secret Life of Pets, which had a monster $103 million opening weekend. Sony reportedly has plans for more live-action movies, as well as an animated feature and a new animated series, which is set to debut in early 2018. It is clear that Sony is very optimistic that Ghostbusters can be a massive franchise for them, we’ll just have to see if the public really wants that when the movie opens. Ghostbusters hits theaters on July 15.