For the past 25 years Dan Aykroyd, co-creator, writer and star of the original 1984 Ghostbusters and its 1989 sequel Ghostbusters 2, has been trying to get the sequel Ghostbusters 3 off the ground. The script went through plenty of rewrites as Sony flailed at moving forward on the project. That all changed when it was finally announced director Paul Feig would be taking over the project. His Ghostbusters would be a true reboot with an all-female cast. None of the original characters would even exist in this new universe, and it promises to be much scarier than the original. Dan Aykroyd thinks that's grand. But the comedy legend also believes that a true Ghostbusters 3 may still happen sometime in the near future.
Dan Aykroyd appeared on the Unmasked with Ron Bennington Sirius XM radio show, where he revealed that the new all-female Ghostbusters may be paving a way for a more conventional, true sequel. Which, if you're to believe the complaints that have flooded the internet, is what the fans really want. He also reveals that he will be contributing material to the reboot screenplay currently being perfected by Paul Feig and his writer Katie Dippold. About starring in another sequel, Dan Aykroyd says:
"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. Yeah, we're gonna 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."
While Dan Aykroyd seems quite gung ho about bringing longtime fans a true sequel, he doesn't want anyone to think he is against Paul Feig's reconfigured version. He actually loves the idea of an all-female Ghostbusters:
"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 favor for the third movie."
This is interesting solely in the fact that in the new Ghostbusters universe, Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Raymond Stantz, Dr. Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddmore do not exist. So, a more conventional sequel would have to take place on an alternate timeline. That has never been seen within a franchise before. Will a wormhole open up, with different realities crossing streams for a crossover? Maybe not. Dan Aykroyd has been talking about Ghostbusters 3 for two decades. While he clearly isn't giving up the ghost, it seems as though everyone else had. What do you think? Is there any way in Hell this will happen at this point? Especially if the new Ghostbusters proves to be a hit? Sony will want the fresh cast to return. Not a bunch of chubby old men. The truth is, we'll probably never see Ghostbusters 3. But it's clear Dan Aykroyd will never, ever give up hope.