The 2016 reboot, Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, was the target of a lot of controversy. Fans of the franchise did not appreciate the changes the movie made to franchise, and Sony has since tried to distance itself from the movie, even canning the planned sequel.
Recently, Sony announced the Ghostbusters Ultimate Gift Set. However, the eight-disc gift set does not include the 2016 reboot. Director Paul Feig did not appreciate being snubbed by Sony, and called the company out on Twitter.
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?
Most notably, fans were opposed to the all-female cast, and despite featuring stars such as SNL alumni Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, the movie bombed at the box office. In addition, the stars also faced sexist vitriol from fans online.
Feig’s tweet seems to have reignited the controversy, with fans on both sides of the debate. While some fans have called out Sony for giving in to trolls, others have argued that the movie does not belong in the gift set since it isn’t canon.
Despite the film being set in an alternate universe, its omission from the gift set definitely feels like Sony is trying to distance itself from the unsuccessful reboot. Check out Feig’s tweet below.
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