Dan Aykroyd has high hopes for the “Ghostbusters” franchise (tell us something we don’t know).
Speaking to The Belfast Telegraph, the official stumper for everything ‘Who Ya Gonna Call?’ says he envisions the franchise following the led of the Marvel movies model – where there can be sequels, spin-offs, prequels, television shows, glow-in-the-dark rubbers.
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?
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.
Aykroyd went on to explain how remodelling the franchise isn’t at all unlike making some renovations to the famous “Ghostbusters” car.
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.
Latest reports suggest an all-female “Ghostbusters” movie is in the works -and Aykroyd says he’s fine with that. Though his tone suggests he also wants to be in it.
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.