Dan Aykroyd Is All For 'Female Empowerment' But Still Isn't Ready to Let a 'More Conventional' Ghostbusters Go
Dan Aykroyd has made it clear that he’s very much in favor of the new Ghostbusters movie. He’s totally down with women because he has daughters, and hopefully would be anyway even if he didn’t have daughters just cause women are, you know, people and stuff. But also daughters! So he’s excited for Paul Feig’s female-driven reboot/remake,
The real reality in fact of the third movie with this tremendous cast of women, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Kristen Wiig… I’ve got three daughters, so I’m all for female empowerment….[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.But he’s also not going to let you forget that this was his baby. And he shouldn’t! He created something wonderful, and we should all be glad that he’s involved. He’s totally into the “great great script by Paul Feig which we will work on and make better.” Does that sound patronizing, as said to a third party? Whatever, he’s allowed to be patronizing. He created Ghostbusters.
I can tell you, as the originator, I’m very happy with what [Feig’s] done. It’s very tasteful. And it needed a reworking. The thing needed a new engine. You know? It needed new exhaust. It needed new steering. And this is what we’re getting.But that doesn’t mean he’s letting his own hopes for getting the boys back together die away.
Oh I’ve written… well, we have…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.No one here is complaining. More Ghostbusters is (almost) always a good thing.