As Sony is set to release the Ultimate Ghostbusters Collection gift set for the holidays, just in time for Jason Reitman’s recent film sequel, Paul Feig wants to know why his 2016 Ghostbusters film was not included in the new box set celebrating the Sony franchise.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is planned to release on February 1, 2022 and, in honor of the events, the studio is releasing an eight-disc Ghostbusters Ultimate Collection to Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on the same day. The set will include both 1984’s Ghostbusters 1 and 1989’s Ghostbusters Ⅱ, along with Jason Reitman’s 2021 film, which was a direct sequel to the initial classic.
Absent from the set was, notably, the Feig-directed film that starred Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. After the call-out gained attention on social media, Feig took to Twitter to share his thoughts, noting that the original film stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson appear in the 2016 movie.
“Um … @SonyPictures , I know this must be a mistake,” he wrote. “We do have a lot of fans and Bill, Dan and Ernie were in it and it won the Kids Choice Award for Best Feature Film the year it came out. So, I guess this was just an oversight?”
Um … @SonyPictures, I know this must be a mistake. We do have a lot of fans and Bill, Dan and Ernie were in it and it won the Kids Choice Award for Best Feature Film the year it came out. So, I guess this was just an oversight? #weareallghostbusters 👻❤️ https://t.co/dI8TwJsG4I
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) December 22, 2021
Feig added the hashtag #weareallghostbusters.
While Sony did not initially respond to a request for comment, the company’s Twitter account did not reply to the director’s tweet either.
The 2016 Ghostbusters film, holds a 74% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was the target for many misogynistic trolls on social media at the time. The studio hoped the comedy would launch a new Ghostbusters film universe, but this never came to light after the project lost money. Sony’s issue with Feig comes from the fact that he didn’t shoot scenes suggested to him, and actors on set wished he has been “more inclusive to the originators.”