‘Ghostbusters’ 2016 director Paul Feig responds to new ‘Ghostbusters’ sequel

His comments follow on from Leslie Jones' scathing take-down of the upcoming film over the weekend

Paul Feig, who directed the 2016 version of Ghostbusters, has responded to the recent news about the next film in the franchise, which plans to revert to the ‘original’ universe depicted in the first two Ghostbusters films.

News of a direct follow-up to Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989) was confirmed by Sony last week, with Jason Reitman confirmed as a writer and the director of the project. Original stars Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson hinted that they may be involved in the film, and a teaser trailer swiftly accompanied the news of the latest sequel.

However, the announcement of the movie – known currently as ‘Ghostbusters 3′ – irked Leslie Jones, one of the stars from the 2016 all-female reboot of the franchise. Jones slammed the upcoming film as “so insulting” on Twitter, saying that a return to the ‘original’ universe was “a dick move” and “like something [Donald] Trump would do”.

Feig has now offered his view on the situation, saying that he supported Jones for speaking “her truth”. While clarifying that he was “very open” to Reitman’s new Ghostbusters, he admitted he was “sad that our 2016 team may not get to bust again. We all are.”

Reitman confirmed last week that his film wouldn’t have any ties to Feig’s version.

“I have so much respect for what Paul created with those brilliant actresses, and would love to see more stories from them,” Reitman said. “However, this new movie will follow the trajectory of the original film.”

Sony say they hope to release the new Ghostbusters film in 2020.