The reviews for Paul Feig‘s ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot are largely positive so far (79% on Rotten Tomatoes), despite early negative reaction to the trailer. Hopefully once audiences see it, they’ll be as enthusiastic as the critics have been. And if viewers are pleased, they should be happy to know that there’s a lot more where that came from. Feig recently discussed the editing process and it sounds like there is a lot of footage that viewers won’t be seeing in theaters.
“The editor’s first cut was 4 hours and 15 minutes, and I trimmed that down to a slim 3 and a half hours (laughs). 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?’”
The theatrical cut clocks in at 105 minutes. Feig mentioned that the extended cut will be 15 minutes longer, so two hours, which is a tad long for a comedy, but hopefully it will be justified.
“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.”
But for now, fans will have to deal with a teaser with the theatrical cut this weekend.
‘Ghostbusters’ won’t be afraid of ghosts on July 15th, 2016. It was directed by Paul Feig and stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Charles Dance, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Chris Hemsworth.