Dan Aykroyd Confirms Return for Jason Reitman’s Upcoming Ghostbusters Sequel
Slowly but surely, the pieces are beginning to fall into place!
By Chris Morse
It’s hard not to be excited for next year’s new Ghostbusters sequel, especially with reports, rumors, and speculation regarding the return of several stars from the original two movies. On the heels of Ernie Hudson confirming his involvement in the film late last month, Dan Aykroyd has followed suit with comments made on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, as quoted and reported by EW.
“I’m not in the pictures so much anymore,” the actor said. “We’ve got the Ghostbusters movie that we’re working on now and I will have to be performing in that. Ivan Reitman’s son Jason has written a new movie called, well, it’s gonna be Ghostbusters, the third movie. It will be all, most of the original people and then young stars.”
The “most” in his comment likely only excludes the late Harold Ramis, who passed away back in 2014, since earlier reports have indicated Bill Murray will return as well, although he hasn’t officially confirmed as much like Aykroyd and Hudson have. We also know that Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts are back on board, so any doubt about this movie’s connections to the originals can be safely put to rest. There is plenty to be excited about here!
Ernie Hudson Confirms Involvement in Jason Reitman’s Upcoming Ghostbusters Sequel
According to the man himself, Winston Zeddemore will be back for the new film, which is currently in production.
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 revealed that Sigourney Weaver will be returning to reprise her role of Dana Barrett, with a follow-up confirmation indicating that more of the original stars would also be back, including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson. Annie Potts has even indicated that she is expecting to make a return of her own. The film also recently added Paul Rudd (Ant-Man, Avengers: Endgame), along with young newcomers Celeste O’Connor and Logan Kim.
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.