The fatigue from sequels, prequels and reboots is overwhelming. Between the launch of “Furious 7” this week and seemingly every trilogy being minced into four films (looking at you, “Divergent” series) it seems studios have found the perfect wave and are riding it into oblivion.
However, there’s one man stretching the limits of sequels and reboots and empowering women, all while wearing a three-piece suit. We’re talking of course of none other than Paul Feig. While his latest “Spy” – for which he wrote, produced, directed and made a cameo appearance – doesn’t hit the screens until June 5, Feig admitted at a Chicago screening this week, he already has pen to paper for the sequel of the espionage film, “There are so many locations and villains and situations to explore, so that’s my hope. That is, if [“Spy”] does well,” said Feig.
This, of course, comes on the heels of the January announcement of Feig’s all-female “Ghostbusters” reboot starring Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Kristen Wiig. Although, Feig is coming at the reboot with “pure intentions” and aims to explore the horror genre after successfully creating a misfits television show (“Freaks and Geeks”), writing a buddycop comedy (“The Heat”) and directing mocumentary series (“The Office”, “Parks and Recreation”).
“I want it to be scary, I want it to be funny,” said Feig about the “Ghostbusters” reboot, now in pre-production. “I love when an audience can be both laughing and cringing and scared. To me, as a filmmaker, that’s nirvana. If I can put you through three emotions at the same time and the main one is laughter, than that’s all I care about.”
At this point in his career, Feig is synonymous with strong female characters with unique points of view, arguably starting with “Freaks and Geeks” with Lindsay Weir at the helm. While viewed as a revolutionary for women in film, that wasn’t necessarily Feig’s intention but a welcomed benefit.
“It was never a crusade, even though I was angry I wasn’t seeing these women get roles, for me it was more selfish because I know what’s funny about these people and I am better at writing for women,” said Feig.
Regardless of his intentions, “Spy” has exceeded expectations and limits providing a female lead that is strong-willed, sharp, vulnerable and truthful, even if she does, in the word of Feig, “curse like a sailor.”
“Spy” starring Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham and Jude Law hits theaters nationwide June 5.
Image source: Spyce Mag. Tickets provided by 20th Century Fox.