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Paul Feig Discusses His All-Female 'Ghostbusters' Cast And Internet Criticism

06/02/2015 11:46 am ET | Updated Jun 02, 2015

Paul Feig is in the middle of a press blitz for his new film "Spy," which hits theaters June 5, but he'll get a big change of pace in just three weeks, when he's set to start shooting his much-anticipated "Ghostbusters" reboot, the director told HuffPost Live on Monday.

The film has already gained substantial buzz for its all-female cast, lead by Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, which Feig said was the result of many weeks of careful brainstorming.

"I took a number of months after I signed on and walked around doing different amalgamations of different actors -- I mean everybody, giant actresses, everything -- because I was like, who could it be?" Feig said. "I knew I needed four people who were very different and yet would be funny together, and really, I kind of cast it in my head and contacted them, and they all wanted to do it."

Feig also addressed online criticism about the fact that he decided to completely reboot the franchise rather than direct the long-gestating "Ghostbusters 3."

"I don't want to go near the original ones because they're so good, and I know people get mad at me. A lot of people on the Internet are frustrated it's a reboot, but I honestly think it might be the better way to do it. So look, hate me if you will, I don't know what to tell you," Feig said.

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