Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Slimer’s Origin Story

As everyone now knows, there has been some unusually harsh criticism for the Ghostbusters remake (hey, we dug it) and its deviations from the 1984 original. Of course, most of the harshest critics have yet to see the film, but these closed-minded fans are having a really hard time wrapping their minds around women with proton packs. (Oddly enough, they have no trouble believing in the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.) Whether the film succeeds as comic summer entertainment remains to be seen, but a direct rehash would have been far less enticing than a reboot with some fresh ideas.

With than in mind, director/co-writer Paul Feig and co-writer Katie Dippold considered several new possibilities, including an origin story for a character that is probably better left unexplained. “We debated showing the creation of Slimer,” Dippold told Cinema Blend. “There was even a scene once where they are battling an old Italian ghost, but they’re still figuring out the proton packs. So when they fire at it, he just becomes Slimer.”

While Slimer’s Italian heritage is an intriguingly odd, amusing idea, Dippold and Feig had some doubts—and wisely followed their instincts. “It was just like, ‘I don’t know if it feels right to answer what Slimer is when it was created before,’” she explained. “So that didn’t feel quite right. But then it was like, ‘Okay, so then do we take it out?’ And then it was like, ‘Well, I just want to see Slimer.’”

So yes, as the trailer has already confirmed, Slimer will be back on the big screen when Ghostbusters arrives in theatres tomorrow. For some further thoughts on the character’s background—he’s not just Italian, he’s a gangster—check out Feig’s memories of the abandoned origin story in the video below.