As part of promotion cycle of the newly released book Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History, director Ivan Reitman and actor Dan Aykroyd gave an interview to Entertainment Weekly, in which they mostly discussed the origins and creation of the original Ghostbusters movie, as well as the upcoming reboot. They reminisced about the three weeks they spent in Aykroyd’s basement working on the first draft for the movie, talked about sequels and the original cast’s cameos in the new film.
Aykroyd’s idea for the third Ghostbusters movie, Hellbent, was also discussed, and there’s a rumor mill going on that they still might make it. Although Harold Ramis, part of the original cast, has passed away, there’s a chance Aykroyd might still want to see his creation come alive on the big screen with a different cast. As he explained, he understood why Bill Murray didn’t want to take part in it, even though he wrote a “nice part” for him.
“For much the same reason that the original Ghostbusters couldn’t really be the stars of this movie, including Harold who passed away, it was time to get fresh blood in there.”
However, the new Ghostbusters is an entirely different film, and Aykroyd and Reitman seem to be quite optimistic and excited for it. They like the idea of the female cast, and think Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon were good choices for the reboot. But it remains to be seen how well the film is received, as some online reactions were negative. Nothing that Aykroyd and Reitman seem to be worried about, though: they say that director Paul Feig has their full confidence.
“In a way, his movie might be a little better than the first two because they can do more — CGI might be a little better. But also, you know, there might be more jokes in it. I’m really happy with what I’m seeing.”Reitman, who said he might see an early cut of the film within two weeks (!) added:
“I believe the movie is going to be quite wonderful, because I know the cast works. The ladies in this new film are in every way as talented as that original group of actors were. They’re at the same place in their lives as Bill [Murray] and Dan and Harold were when we did Ghostbusters. I have a lot of faith in it, and I have a lot of faith in Paul.”