Aykroyd teases massive Marvel-style universe plan for Ghostbusters franchise

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Sep 17, 2014

We’ve been waiting a long time for Ghostbusters 3, and it seems like the studio has been using all that time to cook up a whole lot more than just a sequel.

At a recent speaking engagement in London, the franchise’s original co-creator and star Dan Aykroyd talked about some extremely ambitious ideas Sony has in the works for the 1980s classic. According to Aykroyd, they want to go a lot further than just one sequel.

So, what was his point of reference? The hottest property on the market these days: Marvel. While talking about the future of Ghostbusters, Aykroyd touched on Marvel’s Avengers universe and other ambitious sci-fi properties as the inspiration for where they want to take the brand:

“It’s beyond just another sequel, a prequel, another TV show. I'm thinking what does the whole brand mean to Sony? What does Pixar and Star Wars mean to Disney? What does Marvel mean to Fox? [The focus is] not just another movie or another TV show, but what’s the totality of it? The whole mythology from the beginning of their lives, the end of their lives. Ghostbusters at nine years old, Ghostbusters in high school.

[The franchise is] up on blocks, it needs new electronics, new everything. That’s what we have to do. The whole vehicle of Ghostbusters has to be rebuilt. That’s the ambitious thinking that’s going on now. Taking on the model of Marvel where we take all of the elements that are in this movie and we put them out there as different ideas.”

Hey, we’re huge fans of Ghostbusters — and can still remember the glory days when they had an animated series on the air and a boatload of toys on the market — but not everything needs to be Marvel-y. There’s nothing wrong with making one good movie at a time, and seeing where that takes you next.

Considering it’s taken a few decades to even get close to part three, maybe they should key in on getting it out first before thinking 10 years down the line.

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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