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Dan Aykroyd talks handing Ghostbusters to a new generation and possible delay of new sequel

July 18th, 2023 by Marc Comments

Dan Aykroyd appeared on a recent episode of The Chris Moyles Show and got chatting about the upcoming Ghostbusters sequel due at Christmas.

Our good friend Jason at Ghostbusters News reports that when speaking about the franchise, Toby Tarrant would bring up Ghostbusters: Afterlife, calling it “brilliant,” leading Aykroyd to talk about the film’s cast and how they’ll be “the ones that take over.”

“We’re handing the torch to a new generation. It’s someone younger now that has to put on that 50lb pack and go out there and expose themself to radiation. We have a terrific new cast: Mckenna Grace, and Finn Wolfhard, and Logan Kim. The idea now is that they’re going to be the ones that take over. Now, Paul Rudd is also in it, and Carry Coon. I love the new cast, and it’s going to be their responsibility now to keep it going and keep New York clean of pesky ghosts.”
While not nearly as loose-tongued as some of his fellow co-stars, Aykroyd did talk about star Mckenna Grace, calling her “effectively the CEO of the new iteration,” mentioning her childhood dreams of one day becoming a member of the Ghostbusters.

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“Mckenna Grace, when she was, you know, a little girl, she dressed up as a Ghostbuster for Halloween, and she said, ‘I am going to be a Ghostbuster someday,’ and now she’s effectively the CEO of the new iteration.”

Near the tail end of the interview, Aykroyd would allude to the release date possibly getting pushed, saying that the sequel should be in theaters either “end of the year or spring,” going on to ensure fans that it’ll include “good scares and great comedy”.

“Either end of the year or spring, not sure, you know, it’ll be depending upon music and mixing and all the things that have to be done,” adding, “I’m excited about it because I see what we’re getting, and there’s some wonderful sequences and great comedy. Good scares and great comedy.”

Worryingly, the talk of a delay was also mentioned by star Ernie Hudson who said that the current strike in Hollywood made finishing the movie difficult but they’re still aiming for an end-of-the-year release:

“Yeah, we finished, the movie is done, it’s wrapped. Obviously, they’re editing and doing whatever else. I’ve heard rumors the end of the year they’ll push for, or maybe spring next year. I never know how the studios are gonna do whatever they do, but the filming is done, which was a little bit difficult with the writers strike and everything going on.

“So, I know there was a lot of shuffling around in terms of where it was being done, but I’m thankful that we at least got it done in the can, and now, I’m like everybody else, waiting to see what it all looks like.”

I’m not going to lie, I was so excited for this movie again as a Christmas release after Afterlife’s Christmas date but I get the feeling it just may not happen this time out.

The upcoming Ghostbusters sequel is slated to arrive in theaters on December 20th, 2023.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….