NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Ivan Reitman, the man who brought the world movies like 'Animal House,' 'Meatballs, and 'Space Jam' (to name a few) says he understands why his latest film is being slammed by some.
That project is a reboot of the 1984 classic comedy 'Ghostbusters.'
Some fans of the original have showed dismay at an all-female cast replacing the original stars including Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray
"There is always people with gender issues. I think that this beloved film, for the baby boomer generation, they were a certain age, their kids were a certain age, it becomes a 'Wizard of Oz' problem," said Reitman.
"The first trailer was only 1.5 minutes. It wasn't enough to get a good sense of what the movie was about. But I'm very charged up. I think people are going to be surprised in a very positive way," added Reitman.
The Toronto native says that New York City will again play a pivotal role in the new movie but acknowledges that the entire film was not shot in the Big Apple, but in Boston.
"Cash. The actual cost of shooting was 25 percent more. It was prohibitive. It was tens of millions of dollars," said Reitman.
"I'd like to thank New York. I've always thought that 'Ghostbusters' is the quintessential New York City movie. The characters, the people on the street are the reason that movie rocked," said Reitman.
The updated version stars Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.
"What makes these movies work is that you want to be their friends," said Reitman.
'Ghostbusters' opens July 15 in theaters across the nation.