Dan Aykroyd has been talking Ghostbusters III. Again. But now he’s talking a much bigger and longer game…
With The Heat director, Paul Feig, attached to direct the third movie and rumour persisting that the third movie would have a large female cast, everyone is looking to the original cast for hints about what the future may hold. And Dr Ray Stantz and co-creator of Ghostbusters, Dan Aykroyd is more than happy to fan the flames…
“My whole thinking on Ghostbusters now is it’s beyond just a sequel, a prequel, another movie, another TV Show. I’m thinking now, what does the whole brand mean to Sony? What’s Pixar and Star Wars mean to Disney? What does Marvel mean to Fox (DC we think he means)? Everybody, all of us on the team there now, the executives, the creatives, myself, Ivan (Reitman), we’re thinking more in terms of what do we build this thing into in the next ten years? Just not another movie or another TV show, but what’s the totality of it? What’s the whole mythology from the beginning of their lives to the end of their lives? Ghostbusters at 9-years-old, Ghostbusters in high school.”
So he thinks Ghostbusters could be a Marvel or Star Wars type franchise, huh? Well, I’m the first to say that many wouldn’t believe the massive mythology Ghostbusters has and that this could potentially be a great idea if done right.
Aykroyd continued: “I’ll draw this analogy, we’ve got the Ecto, okay? It’s sitting in the garage, it’s got the motor out of it, the transmission out of it, the paints gone, the wheels are gone, it’s up on blocks, it needs new brakes, new electronics, everything. That’s what we have to do. The whole vehicle of Ghostbusters has to be rebuilt so that’s more of the ambitious thinking that’s going on now than just thinking about another movie.”
He also addresses the female Ghostbusters rumours: “It’s like taking on the model of Marvel, that type of thing, where you take all the elements that were in these movies and you put them out there as different ideas, so we’ll see. I think a third movie with females or a fourth movie with females is definitely a possibility. Again though, we need to write it.”
So does this mean there’ll be a massive ret-con on The Real Ghostbusters, Extreme Ghostbusters and any comics from Marvel, IDW etc? Or can we expect to see a Ghostbusters Expanded Universe that will be all-encompassing? Only time will tell… oh and for heaven’s sake will someone hire IDW’s Erik Burnham to write this?!