Dan Aykroyd Says the New Ghostbusters Will Offer ‘Classy’ Reference to the Original

Although Paul Feig’s upcoming Ghostbusters is said to be said in a new continuity from the original films, executive producer and franchise star Dan Aykroyd revealed today to Comic Book Resources that the new adventure will “[refer] to the to the first two in a really neat, classy way.”

“[It’s] going to be hot!” says Aykroyd, admitting that, as EP, he’s now a “cheerleader” for the franchise. “The new one’s going to be big! The interplay, and with each of them, their individual voices are so well defined. They’re just such different characters, and there’s a friction. There’s a dynamic there. I’m not going to spoil it for people, but it’s going to be big, big! …This is all going to introduce [the franchise] to a whole new generation of girls that are going to want to be Ghostbusters. We always needed them.”

Meanwhile, Academy Award nominee Emma Stone has revealed that she was offered a role in the film, but ultimately decided to pass.

“The script was really funny,” she tells the Wall Street Journal“It just didn’t feel like the right time for me. A franchise is a big commitment—it’s a whole thing. I think maybe I need a minute before I dive back into that water.”

The new Ghostbusters is currently set to star Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon as the Ghostbusters team with Chris Hemsworth having recently signed on to play their receptionist.

Ghostbusters will be entering production shortly, targeting a July 22, 2016 release. Check back for additional updates as they become available!

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UPDATE: Director Paul Feig has confirmed via Twitter that filming on Ghostbusters starts tomorrow!