Channel 4’s light-hearted cooking-and-chat programme, Sunday Brunch, is not a source we often cite for hard-edged movie news, but it’s not as though Dan Aykroyd has access to too many soapboxes these days.
Which is probably why the actor, in an interview with Tim Lovejoy, used the show to blast Paul Feig, the director of the ill-advised Ghostbusters reboot.
We could break it down for you, but you can read the quotes for yourself right here:
“The girls are great in it. Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig – what a wonderful, wonderful players they are – and Leslie Jones. I was really happy with the movie, but it cost too much. And Sony does not like to lose money. It made a lot of money around the world but just cost too much, making it economically not feasible to do another one. So that’s too bad – the director, he spent too much on it. He didn’t shoot scenes we suggested to him and several scenes that were going to be needed and he said “nah, we don’t need them”. Then we tested the movie and they needed them and he had to go back. About $30 to $40 million in reshoots. So he will not be back on the Sony lot any time soon.”
Aykroyd doesn’t have a track record as a master movie mogul, having been in volved in no more than two decent films in the last 30 years, so Paul Feig ignoring him was to be expected.
Still, the 80s star makes the point that Sony don’t like to lose money, which begs the even bigger question – why do they keep making such awful movies?