When it was announced that the powers that be will simply be rebooting the “Ghostbusters” franchise instead of a traditional sequel, a lot of fans were upset with the choice of director, Paul Feig, and his cast choices for his all women-“Ghostbusters.” But the saving grace most of us had was that, much like escaping the proximity of a belligerent drunk on an airplane, we would no longer have to put up with Dan Aykroyd’s almost yearly promises that we would see him, Bill Murray and the rest grace the old proton packs and bust ghosts once again. We especially did not want to hear those after Harold Ramis died.
Never one to recognize some things should just not be revived, Aykroyd is once again floating his vision of a proper third installment of the original films. In an interview on “Unmasked with Ron Bennington,” Aykroyd said “I’ve written, well, there’s three drafts of the old concept that exists. And we’re going to be able to salvage some of it and use it. Yeah, we’re gonna be able to use it some day. Let’s get this one made and that will reinvigorate the franchise and then we’ll go on to maybe doing a more conventional third sequel as we were planning and another idea I have for it.”
Not that he is dismissing the reboot, in fact, he seems pretty excited about it. He said “The real reality in fact of the third movie with this tremendous cast of women, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Kristen Wiig … [Director Paul Feig] establishes the voices beautifully in these characters. Now of course, he’s got masters playing the roles for him, so this is going to really work in our favor for the third movie.”
The reason for the reboot over the traditional sequel probably was 1. Harold Ramis is now dead and 2. Bill Murray is not interested in returning. That leaves Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson as the lone two ghostbusters of the original cast that seem willing to return. And let’s face it, we have the first two films to watch and enjoy. Some of us will enjoy the reboot, some of us won’t. And I’m sure his ideas might be good, but that train has long since passed and if he really wants to see those ideas into fruition, maybe another avenue would work better. Graphic novel, video game, animated film, whatever. Just please stop with the idea of the old gang getting back together for a film.