Ghostbusters creator Dan Aykroyd weighs in on that new, all-female team

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Jan 28, 2015, 5:58 PM EST

Of all the major players in the Ghostbusters franchise, Dan Aykroyd's been here the longest. His interest in the paranormal inspired the very first Ghostbusters script, and he stuck around to rework that script with director Ivan Reitman and co-star Harold Ramis, then starred in the original film and its sequel. In the years since Ghostbusters II, Aykroyd's been the key driving force behind returning Ghostbusters to the big screen, even when the odds seemed very much against him.

Now, it seems Ghostbusters really will be back under the leadership of writer-director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids). Feig, already known for comedies that are driven by funny women, envisioned a reboot of the concept in which the Ghostbusters crew was all female, and after months of speculation he finally unveiled his casting choices yesterday, including Bridesmaids co-star Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig, and current Saturday Night Live scene-stealers Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Of course, Feig's decisions sparked immediate opposing reactions of joy and rage from fans, but what does Aykroyd -- the Father of Ghostbusters -- think of the decision? As it turns out, he loves it.

"The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy," Aykroyd said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter.

Aykroyd, whose other credits include Saturday Night LiveTrading Places, and The Blues Brothers, went on to say that empowering women isn't just something he believes in, but something that's been passed down through his family. 

"My great grandfather, Dr. Sam Aykroyd, the original Ghostbuster, was a man who empowered women in his day and this is a beautiful development in the legacy of our family business.”

So, even if some fans are unhappy, the man who's been trying to get Ghostbusters 3 off the ground for well over a decade is on board, and it's easy to see why. The cast is talented, Feig has a proven comedic track record, and hey, if we're going to bring Ghostbusters back anyway, it's nice to see we're doing it with a refreshing twist. As a guy who was openly opposed to a strained Ghostbusters 3 just a year ago, I honestly can't wait for this new incarnation.

(Via THR)