Dan Aykroyd Looking to Reboot Ghostbusters Franchise in a Big Way

There’s a good chance you’re by now sick of reading Ghostbusters-related news stories that promise sequels that may never actually come to fruition, but we here at Dread Central are nevertheless committed to reporting on every little nugget of info that comes our way. And on tap for you today are some pretty interesting ones as Dan Aykroyd talks his dream plans for the franchise!

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 62-year-old co-creator and star of Ghostbusters revealed that he’s looking way further ahead than just a third installment or a reboot, hoping to build an entirely new empire out of the iconic brand.

It’s beyond just another sequel, a prequel, another TV show. I’m thinking what does the whole brand mean to Sony?” he told the site, going on to compare Ghostbusters to properties like Star Wars and the Marvel universe. In his mind he sees the franchise being expanded upon like those properties have been, creating a whole new universe for Slimer, Stay Puft and the gang.

Aykroyd went on to say that the entire Ghostbusters team — “the executives, the creatives, Ivan [Reitman, the director] and myself” — is on the same page, all of them looking to the next ten years. He added that the focus must be “not just another movie or another TV show, but what’s the totality of it? The whole mythology from the beginning of their lives, the end of their lives. Ghostbusters at nine years old, Ghostbusters in high school.”

The whole vehicle of Ghostbusters has to be rebuilt,” he continued. “That’s the ambitious thinking that’s going on now. Taking on the model of Marvel where we take all of the elements that are in this movie and we put them out there as different ideas.”

As for the female-led Ghostbusters film that’s been recently discussed, Aykroyd said he’s open to the idea of doing it as the third or fourth installment.

Whether or not any of this actually happens, of course, is entirely up in the air. But here’s hoping the gang returns before we all become worm food!

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  • Cinemascribe

    I think my fucking head just exploded.
    I – I got nothing else.

  • Screamz

    Until all deals are in place and production has started, I don’t want to hear anything Ghostbusters. Yet, every Ghostbusters “news” story I see, I have to read. I don’t want to hear what the franchise could be, I want to hear what the next film is…