'Ghostbusters' co-creator says he hopes the reboot will 'reinvigorate' the franchise
Dan Aykroyd has revealed that he is still hoping to make a “conventional” sequel to his two original Ghostbusters movies.
Co-written by Aykroyd, the original Ghostbusters film hit cinemas in 1984 and followed three paranormal investigators played by Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis, who died last year. The original cast returned to take on the resurgence of spectral activity in New York for a sequel released in 1989.
Since then, Murray has been famously non-committal about returning to the role of Peter Venkman, and a mooted third film was stuck in development hell for well over a decade before director Paul Feig signed up to shoot the upcoming female-led reboot, which is due for release on July 22, 2016. Feig announced last month (January) that his reboot will star Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.
In a new interview with Sirius XM, Aykroyd revealed that he believes the reboot will “reinvigorate” the Ghostbusters franchise and hopefully pave the way for a third film starring the original cast.
“There’s three drafts of the old concept [for Ghostbusters 3 that exists,” Aykroyd explained. “And we’re going to be able to salvage some of it and use it. Yeah, we’re gonna be able to use it some day. Let’s get this one made and that will reinvigorate the franchise and then we’ll go on to maybe doing a more conventional third sequel as we were planning and another idea I have for it.”
Aykroyd went on to give Feig’s reboot a hearty endorsement, saying: “I can tell you, as the originator, I’m very happy with what [Feig’s] done. It’s very tasteful. And it needed a reworking. The thing needed a new engine. You know? It needed new exhaust. It needed new steering. And this is what we’re getting.”
“I’ve got three daughters, so I’m all for female empowerment,” Aykroyd added. “[Feig] establishes the voices beautifully in these characters. Now of course, he’s got masters playing the roles for him, so this is going to really work in our favour for the third movie.” New Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones has recently the first picture of the reboot’s all-female cast assembled together.