While making the press rounds promoting his brand of Vodka Crystal Head, Dan Aykroyd waxed philosophical about Ghostbusters and laid out his plans to turn Ghostbusters into a Cinematic Universe following the Marvel Cinematic Universe Model. My only question is: Now that we know what Dan Aykroyd is drinking, just what the hell is Dan Aykroyd smoking?
Yep, that’s him with the signature skull bottle that the Crystal Head Vodka comes in. As ridiculous as that bottle it, I WANT ONE! Perhaps Aykroyd is some crazy vodka marketing genius.
While pimping his drink of choice, Aykroyd was asked about the status of Ghostbusters 3, because that’s what everyone asks anyone with any connection to Ghostbusters whenever they get the chance. Here’s what Aykroyd had to say:
It’s beyond just another sequel, a prequel, another TV show. I’m thinking what does the whole brand mean to Sony? What does Pixar and Star Wars mean to Disney? What does Marvel mean to Fox?
He went on to explain that:
The executives, the creatives, Ivan [Reitman, the director] and myself” — were now looking at the next 10 years.
What are they looking at?
Not just another movie or another TV show, but what’s the totality of it? The whole mythology from the beginning of their lives, the end of their lives. Ghostbusters at nine years old, Ghostbusters in high school.
Aykroyd used the Ecto car as his analogy saying:
It’s up on blocks, it needs new electronics, new everything, That’s what we have to do. The whole vehicle of Ghostbusters has to be rebuilt. That’s the ambitious thinking that’s going on now. Taking on the model of Marvel where we take all of the elements that are in this movie and we put them out there as different ideas.
Of course one sharp-witted member of the press asked about Bill Murray‘s all female Ghostbusters idea and Aykroyd thought that perhaps it could be a third or fourth film in the new Ghostbusters Cinematic Universe, but:
We need to write it.
In other words, just like every other damn time we hear about Ghostbusters 3, it’s all just ideas and meetings. If Aykroyd can’t get a sequel or reboot onto the big screen in 25 years, what exactly makes him think he’ll be able to create an entire Cinematic Universe that includes television and multiple sequels? This is just more cart before the horse, or putting it in Ghostbuster terms, putting the particle beam before the particle accelerator. We’re more likely to get more Ghostbusters related doughnuts than a Ghostbusters Cinematic Universe.
The whole thing just reminds me of one of Ray’s (Aykroyd’s character) Ghostbusters quotes in the movie:
Dr Ray Stantz: Personally, I liked the university. They gave us money and facilities, we didn’t have to produce anything! You’ve never been out of college! You don’t know what it’s like out there! I’ve *worked* in the private sector. They expect *results*.
What do you think the chances are that a Ghostbuster Cinematic Universe will ever get beyond the dry eraser meeting board?