Dan Aykroyd Discusses How the New Ghostbusters Will Connect to the Original Movie
The actor and writer can't reveal much yet, but he says the idea for Jason Reitman's sequel is "so good."
By Chris Morse
Jason Reitman's upcoming Ghostbusters sequel has done all but officially confirm that members of the original film's cast will be making their return and the ongoing news of stars teasing their potential involvement doesn't help matters much. After we broke the news that Janine actress Annie Potts was expecting to return alongside Sigourney Weaver, it still somehow feels like we need someone over there to just make all this official already.
Unfortunately, that hasn't happened yet, but we did hear from Dan Aykroyd regarding the plot of the movie, which he is on board as producer for and presumably also starring in. The actor and writer recently spoke to Gamespot about a number of franchise-related topics, including how the new sequel will connect to the original film. Read his interesting comments below.
Jason came up with this idea, which is just so good, everybody got it right away and understood. It will connect, better than anything, to the first movie. That's about all I can say about it, but the two movies will connect, in a way that hasn't been done before.
The confirmed cast of the new Ghostbusters film so far includes Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things, Stephen King's It), Mckenna Grace (The Haunting of Hill House, Annabelle Comes Home, Captain Marvel), and Carrie Coon (The Leftovers, Fargo, Gone Girl). The trio make up the core family unit of the story, which is said to follow a single mother and her children with some kind of mysterious ties to the Ghostbusters of old. Exactly how they will come into play remains a mystery.
Early reports indicated that Sigourney Weaver would be returning for the new film to reprise her role of Dana Barrett, with a follow-up confirmation indicating that more of the original stars would be back as well, including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson. Annie Potts has even indicated that she is expecting to make a return of her own.
It stands to reason that Grace and Wolfhard's characters might make up one half of the next generation of paranormal investigators, however they might stumble their way into the ghostbusting business. The main characters are said to be four teens: two boys and two girls. Considering this film will be a direct sequel to the original Ghostbusters, we will likely see a passing of the torch a way that directly connects to the story and characters we still love to this day.
The new Ghostbusters sequel is written by Gil Kenan and Jason Reitman, with the latter also directing, and will hit theaters next summer on July 10th, 2020. Stay tuned to Dead Entertainment for all the latest news and updates on this film.