Dan Aykroyd says all-female Ghostbusters has “more laughs” than the originals

Aykroyd also cameos in the upcoming movie

Dan Aykroyd has come to the defence of the all-female Ghostbusters movie, claiming it’s funnier than the originals.

Directed by Bridesmaids’ director Paul Feig, Ghostbusters stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. The first trailer became the most disliked trailer on YouTube.

Taking to WhoSay, Aykroyd wrote: “As originator of the original: Saw test screening of new movie. Apart from brilliant, genuine performances from the cast both female and male, it has more laughs and more scares than the first 2 films plus Bill Murray is in it! As one of millions of man-fans and Ray Stantz, I’m paying to see that and bringing all my friends!”

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Aykroyd also cameos in the upcoming film and is also an executive producer in addition to receiving a writing credit. Director Paul Feig also responded to the criticism, posting a lengthy statement online attacking ‘a-holes who post hateful tweets and posts’.

Feig said he respected fans’ opinions of the trailer but he singled out those who posted “misogyny and hate and threats”.

He wrote: “The ‘a–holes’ of which I speak are the ones who live online, who write those hateful tweets and posts and comments. I’m not talking about the people who have true concerns and worries about the rebooting of a franchise they love, nor am I talking about people who have watched the trailer for our movie and didn’t like it.

“Those are all valid opinions and I respect them all. I am talking about those that write misogyny and hate and threats. Those are the ‘a–holes’ of which I spoke. As a lifelong geek and proud member of the geek community (as well as the creator of the TV series Freaks And Geeks), I abhor bullies.”