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Dan Aykroyd is fine with his likeness being used after he’s gone… under two conditions

July 26th, 2023 by Marc Comments

In 2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Sony Pictures seemingly did the impossible, not only bringing back original franchise leads Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and longtime holdout Bill Murray but through the use of CGI, the likeness of the since departed Harold Ramis, reuniting the foursome one final time, with the film serving as a send-off to the character of Egon Spengler, whom Ramis previously portrayed.

With the upcoming sequel further passing the unlicensed nuclear accelerator to a new generation, namely returning Afterlife stars Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard, the franchise will return to New York City in what could prove to be a bit of a balancing act between callbacks and attempting to further itself from past tropes, ensuring both longtime fans and newcomers are left entertained.

In a new interview with the Daily Mail, Dan Aykroyd discusses the franchise’s future, believing that, similar to Ramis, his inevitable passing will be written into the story. However, he does have two demands.

“I’m sure that when I pass beyond the veil, they’ll come up with a story to incorporate me, and as long as my family gets a healthy fee and it’s a good story, I’m fine with that.”

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While we don’t ever want to imagine a world void of Aykroyd’s presence, given his lifetime devotion to the paranormal, along with starring in and co-writing the original two Ghostbusters films alongside Ramis, we can’t think of a more fitting tribute when the time eventually comes.

In classic Aykroyd fashion, the actor, who’s been lovingly known as the franchise’s unofficial cheerleader, discussing the potential of a Ghostbusters 3 during countless interviews throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, would provide a pitch for yet another Ghostbusters film, being set in the United Kingdom.

“I have an idea for a sequel I would set in the UK. There are lots of ghosts and mythical creatures in Scotland.”

While second unit filming of the upcoming sequel did take place in New York, the majority was shot in the UK, with locations such as London doubling for the big apple.

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The untitled Ghostbusters sequel is scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 20th, 2023, with Aykroyd, Hudson, and Murray all confirmed to return, in addition to Annie Potts, Afterlife‘s Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Logan Kim, and Celeste O’Connor, and series newcomers Kumail Nanjianie, Patton Oswalt, James Acaster, and Emily Alyn Lind.

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Source: Ghostbusters News

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….