Dan Aykroyd Talks ‘Ambitious Thinking’ Behind Ghostbusters Reboot

Talk of a third “Ghostbusters” film has been going on for decades now, and very recently the idea of a reboot was put out into the world when it was revealed that The Heat director Paul Feig was the top choice for an all-female reboot of the series. Speaking in London (via The Belfast Telegraph), series co-creator Dan Aykroyd talked about what kind of decisions are being made about the series which he seems to think could be transformed into mega franchise not unlike “The Avengers.”

“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 make an anology using the famous Ghostbusters car the Ecto-1, which he likened to the franchise but says needs repairs.

“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.”

He was also asked about the idea of the all-female Ghostbusters female, to which he replied:

“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.”

Bad Teacher and “The Office” writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg wrote the most recent draft of the third film in the series, which is rumored to be going into production next year.

What do you want to see happen in the world of the Ghostbusters?