The Ghostbusters reboot grossed $299.1 worldwide on a production and marketing budget of approximately $144 million, which put any potential sequels on ice.
Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Feig and Sony for comment. Original Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd can't do that, though, because something about the movie has apparently been bothering him since last summer: it was just too darn expensive. And Sony does not like to lose money - it made a lot of money around the world, but it just cost too much, making it economically not feasible to do another one. A source from the company said the reshoots did indeed occur, but the price was between $3 and $4 million, as opposed to Aykroyd's claims of $30-40 million.
Ouch. While Ghostbusters wasn't a spectacular failure - the remake raked in nearly a quarter of a billion United States dollars in worldwide box office takings - it was still classed as a flop for Sony, having cost a hefty $US144 million, not including marketing spend.
Aykroyd did praise the cast and conceded that he "was really happy with the movie" but it sounds like he believes it was killed as a financially viable franchise starter by the expense. About $30 to $40-million in reshoots.More news: Germany, Turkey to discuss impasse over visiting troops
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It turns out Sony don't like burning money, who'd have guessed it? There's no saying exactly what spurred his change of heart, but it appears that Aykroyd is more unnerved with filmmaking politics and financial concerns rather than the quality of the Ghostbusters reboot. Aykroyd of course starred in the film with a brief cameo as a taxi driver who "ain't afraid of no ghosts" and was very supportive of the project during its promotion, so his sudden outburst seems to be a result of annoyance at Hollywood politics getting in the way of there being more movies.
Aykroyd ended the interview by stating Feig "Would not be welcomed back at a Sony lot, anytime soon".
But while Dan Aykroyd believes that Ghostbusters' huge production costs were ultimately to blame for its financial failure, it has always been suggested that there were a number of other reasons, too.