When it was first announced that director Paul Feig would be rebooting the 1984 modern classic Ghostbusters with an all-female cast, its fair to say that the decision was a little controversial. Now, though, after becoming more involved with the new future of the Ghostbusters franchise, one of the original spirit hunters has spoken up in favor of the upcoming installment.
Talking with Spinoff Online at the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award ceremony for his friend Steve Martin, writer/actor Dan Aykroyd — who played Ray Stantz in 1984’s Ghostbusters and 1989’s Ghostbusters II — has come to the defense of Feig’s production, and expressed confidence in the new movie’s ability to stay relatively true to the tone and subject matter of the franchise as established by he, Harold Ramis, and director Ivan Reitman.
It’s going to be hot! 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!
Aykroyd has an official role in the production as an executive producer, which he himself said “meaning I’m a cheerleader.” He was also asked about the rumored follow-up film with a male cast, and expressed some thoughts about that as well, but didn’t give much away. He used it as an opportunity to heap on more praise to Feig’s project.
The thing is, you’ve got creators all around Hollywood who saw the thing at the original time and are going, ‘Wow, I think I’ve got a take on that. I think I could do something under that umbrella.” And so we’ve had brilliant creators walk in, from Paul Feig to many others. And we loved the concepts they’re coming up with. And this one with the four girls is going to be massive. Oh, man, it’s funny. It’s intelligent. It hits the right notes, and I’m really excited about it. It refers to the first two in a really neat, classy way, but this is all going to introduce them to a whole new generation of girls that are going to want to be Ghostbusters. We always needed them.
Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters is shooting now for release on July 22nd, 2016. For more on the film as it takes shape, keep it locked on GeekNation.
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