It’s officially official and there’s nothing that anyone can do about it anymore – the new Ghostbusters reboot will feature an all-female team and – presumably – none of the original ghostbusting crew. They’ll be ignoring the past in favor of a fresh start and, whether you like it or not, this new incarnation will be coming to a theater near you during summer of next year. But what of poor Dan Aykroyd? It was his dream of decades to be able to put together a new Ghostbusters movie and that dream crashed horribly. Well, The Hollywood Reporter recently pinned him down and asked his opinion on the matter.
According to Aykroyd:
“The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy.”
“My great grandfather, Dr. Sam Aykroyd, the original Ghostbuster, was a man who empowered women in his day, and this is a beautiful development in the legacy of our family business.”
Sounds a bit like he had his PR guys write that response up, doesn’t it? But did Aykroyd have anything else to say about the newest incarnation of Ghostbusters? Nope. Is that sour grapes? Remorse for the failure of a project that might have boosted his celebrity status for a couple more years and possibly resulted in a string of new gigs for him?
The world may never know what’s really going on in Aykroyd’s head other than the fact that he’s very keen to jump on the women’s empowerment bandwagon. And who knows? Maybe he’s being genuine. After all, having your pet project burn down around you can’t possibly make you a little bitter.
Expect to see this new cast of Ghostbusters when they let loose next year on July 22nd.