The original Ghostbusters celebrated its 30th Anniversary last month, with a theatrical re-release, proving there is still plenty of interest in the franchise. Many fans are still wondering what's happening with the long-awaited Ghostbusters sequel. While promoting his Crystal Head Vodka brand in London, Dan Aykroyd revealed that the franchise is looking to copy the Marvel Studios model with a long-running franchise.
Here's what Dan Aykroyd had to say, comparing the franchise to the iconic vehicle, the Ecto-1, which needs to be completely rebuilt.
"It's up on blocks, it needs new electronics, new everything. That's what we have to do. The whole vehicle of Ghostbusters has to be rebuilt. 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."
There have been several reports about a female-lead team of Ghostbusters lately, with Bill Murray even suggesting that Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy should star. Dan Aykroyd added that this would likely be either the third or fourth movie in this new franchise, but they haven't started work on it yet.
"We still need to write it."
He added that this new Ghostbusters will spawn a number of follow-ups that encompasses their entire lives.
"It's beyond just another sequel, a prequel, another TV show. I'm thinking what does the whole brand mean to Sony? What does Pixar and Star Wars mean to Disney? What does Marvel mean to Fox?"
He added that, "the executives, the creatives, Ivan (Reitman) and myself" are planning out the next 10 years of the franchise.
"It's 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."
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