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The new Ghostbusters film will be “scarier than the original”

on December 31, 2014, 11:13am

Director Paul Feig (Freaks & Geeks, Bridesmaids) is helming a new Ghostbusters film with a script co-written by Parks and Recreation‘s Katie Dippold. In a new interview with Empire Magazine, Feig discussed his intentions with the film.

As previously reported, Feig’s Ghostbusters will be more of a reboot than a sequel, featuring a cast primarily starring women. As such, the characters will be experiencing ghosts for the first time, Feig explained. “There’s something fun about introducing our world, which has never seen ghosts to the phenomenon of ghosts. I love origin stories and to introduce new characters.”

Feig also expressed a desire to make the film “scarier than the original,” adding, “Katie and I are so focused on wanting to do scary comedy. We don’t want to hold back.

Despite a desire to make an R-Rated Ghostbusters, Feig said the film will have a PG-13 rating. “The reason I do a lot of R-Rated comedies is that you want a movie to feel honest. But the Ghostbusters world doesn’t need that level of swearing. We’ll have to be PG-13 with this one. I would like to make it R-Rated, but I won’t. You want the biggest number of people to watch it and not be put off by it.”

Additional details including the film’s cast and release date are as yet unannounced. In the meantime, read our retrospective on the film’s equally iconic soundtrack.