The progress of getting a new Ghostbusters film has been glacial in pace, but with Paul Feig on board to direct, and a new cast of all-female supernatural investigators and eliminators including Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones being hired, it seems that a third Ghostbusters movie might finally be a thing. But what of poor Dan Aykroyd? The star and co-writer of the original film has been the biggest cheerleader for a third film, but with the new direction under Feig it seems he’s been kind of shut out of the process. You think Aykroyd’s going to take that lying down? Nuh-uh. Despite the seeming inevitability of the Feig Ghostbusters, Aykroyd is saying that yes – *sigh* – he’s still looking to make his third Ghostbusters adventure.
Aykroyd was recently interviewed on Unmasked with Ron Bennington on Sirius XM, and as these things go, the topic turned to Ghostbusters. And despite the fact that the franchise has seemingly gone on without him, the original Ray Stantz apparently hasn’t given up the – *ahem* ghost for a chance to return to the franchise himself. Yet.
Oh I’ve written… well, we have…I’ve written, well, there’s three drafts of the old concept that exists. 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.
Ideas for Ghostbusters movies may be out of Aykroyd’s hands now that Feig is making his Ghostbusters, but according to the actor, not only is he betting on Feig to hit a home run from what he’s seen so far, he’s also hoping for the best because the success of Feig’s film will mean better odds for Aykroyd’s script to get put into development.
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.
The real reality in fact of the third movie with this tremendous cast of women, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Kristen Wiig. . . I’ve got three daughters, so I’m all for female empowerment….[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 favor for the third movie.
Well that’s nice. I suppose it’s gratifying that Feig and the cast have Aykroyd’s blessing, but naturally we have to wonder how much of Aykroyd’s enthusiasm is self-centered for the hope that he might be able to put on the proton pack again, like he has for the last 25 years! I would never tell anyone to give up on their ambition, but come on Dan! The only reason anyone is interested in Ghostbusters again is because of Feig and his cast. A quarter-of-a-century of Aykroyd’s platitudes, the will-he-or-won’t-he drama of Bill Murray‘s participation, and the untimely death of Harold Ramis should all encourage the actor to leave the past in the past, maybe focus on other endeavors like vodka and more Psi-Factor. Wiki it!
Ghostbusters – the new version – will be out in theaters in the summer of 2016.