If there’s a Ghostbusters project brewing, you better believe that Dan Aykroyd will be involved with it in some capacity. Out of everyone involved with the original film, Aykroyd is the biggest cheerleader, spending the last few decades preaching from the holy book of all-things-Ghostbusters. Which means it was only a matter of time before we learned Aykroyd would appear in Ghostbusters 2020, the upcoming Ghostbusters sequel/reboot from Jason Reitman. In addition to that, Winston Zeddemore himself, Ernie Hudson, confirmed his return as well. In fact, it sounds like everyone is coming back at this point, except for (maybe) Bill Murray.
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Following confirmation earlier this month that most of the original cast of Ghostbusters has been lined up to reprise their roles for the sequel coming in 2020, the new movie has brought in a newcomer.
The all-around delightful Paul Rudd, known for everything from Clueless to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, has landed a role in Ghostbusters 2020, which seems to be the working title for the movie for the time being. Find out who he’s playing below. Read More »
Jason Reitman‘s upcoming Ghostbusters may be introducing a new generation of proton pack-wielding ghost hunters, but the director knows that there will always be a group of actors that audiences are always going to call. At the first-ever Ghostbusters Fan Fest, Reitman cryptically hinted that several of the 1984 film’s legacy cast members will be reprising their roles as part of the 2020 Ghostbusters sequel cast.
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Fans were taken by surprise when news broke this week that Jason Reitman was directing a secret Ghostbusters sequel that would directly follow the ’80s comedy classics Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2. The secret project — which we’ll just call Ghostbusters 3 for now — was kept under wraps for months, to great success. But it turns out star Dan Aykroyd accidentally crossed the streams (of communication) just two months ago.
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Long before the Ghostbusters reboot tore the internet apart and made a bunch of grown men throw fits like someone popped their birthday balloon, there was a Ghostbusters sequel that was long in development that was hoping to reunite Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson for one more paranormal adventure. There was even a script that was given the greenlight at Sony Pictures, and along with the fact that Bill Murray couldn’t be convinced to do it, the film hit an even bigger snag when Harold Ramis sadly passed away. However, Dan Akyroyd seems to have renewed faith that Ghostbusters 3 will happen. Read More »
When there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call?
If you’re a toy collector, then you might want to give Mezco Toys a call for their latest deluxe box set of Ghostbusters figures. Well, you can’t really call them to place an order since you have to do it online, but you get what we’re saying. Mezco Toyz has revealed their new One:12 Collective deluxe box set of all four Ghostbusters: Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson).
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Remember when the Ghostbusters remake hit theaters in 2016, and everyone acted calm and rational about it? Just kidding – the internet was furious, particularly fanboys who were outraged that someone would dare reboot Ghostbusters with ladies. Now, a year later, Ghostbusters reboot director Paul Feig is opening up about the box office disappointment of the film, which was originally supposed to launch a whole new franchise.
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The future of the Ghostbusters franchise is currently uncertain. Ivan Reitman, who directed the original movie, says there are still multiple movies in development, and he has some big ideas for how to take them worldwide. Meanwhile, Dan Aykroyd, the actor/writer who birthed this whole franchise, doubts that a sequel to Paul Feig’s female-led reboot will ever happen. It doesn’t seem as if things are going according to plan at Ghost Corps right now, and it’ll be interesting to see how they pivot to keep the series alive.
But all of the Hollywood strategy falls away when you see something like this. An eight-year-old boy named Braeden Rios, who suffers from a condition called bronchomalacia, loves the original movie, so an organization called the For The Win Project flew him and his family out to Los Angeles so Braeden could become a real Ghostbuster for the day. And who were they gonna call to help out? Aykroyd, of course.
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Well, Dan Aykroyd has certainly stirred up the Ghostbusters pot again. Over the weekend, the actor blamed director Paul Feig for trouble behind the scenes that resulted in spending a supposed $30-$40 million on reshoots. Aykroyd even went so far as to say that Feig’s blunders during production meant the director “will not be back on the Sony lot any time soon.” Harsh, right?
However, Sony Pictures apparently wasn’t too pleased with what Aykroyd was saying, mostly because the numbers he put forth for the cost of the reshoots were way off. The studio released a statement correcting his estimates, and it sounds like they might have had a chat with him about his commentary, because he made a post on Facebook that praised Paul Feig, while casting doubt on the potential of seeing a Ghostbusters sequel due to the mistakes that were made.
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It’s been almost a year since the Ghostbusters reboot hit theaters, and even though it garnered solid reviews (landing a 73% at Rotten Tomatoes and a little less impressive score of 60 at Metacritic), it only pulled in $229 million on a budget of $144 million, making it far from a big enough hit to warrant a sequel.
Since the movie’s release, there has been plenty of discussion about where the movie went wrong, but now Ghostbusters franchise creator, writer, producer and star Dan Ayrkoyd has spoken out about where he thinks the reboot (which he also produced) had problems. While speaking on the British morning show Sunday Brunch, Dan Aykroyd reiterated that he was happy with how the movie turned out, but placed blame for troubles behind the scenes, especially costly reshoots, on the shoulders of director Paul Feig.
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