Dan Aykroyd has claimed that we may still get a ‘conventional’ Ghostbusters sequel – after the upcoming all-female reboot.
Speaking on Sirius XM, the actor said he still harbours plans to develop a new movie more in tone to the original two films that he – along with Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson – and hopes that new version will ‘reinvigorate’ the franchise.
“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. We’re going to 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.”
Regarding the reboot – set to star Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon in the roles of Ghostbusters – Aykroyd claims he is very happy with what director Paul Feig has done.
“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 favour for the third movie.”
Wiig and co. were recently pictured together at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary after party.
Ghostbusters is due to be released on 22 July 2016.