In an interview with the LA Times‘ The Hero Blog, Aykroyd stated that he feels optimistic that the long in development sequel will finally be in front of the cameras relatively soon. Of course, Akyrord cognizantly recognizes the reality of Hollywood and that “at any second everything could blow up.”
At this point, the film’s script by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky is currently going through some revisions, but there is enough story in place that Ghostbusters stars Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver have all committed to returning to the franchise. (Not returning will be Rick Moranis who has retired from show business following the death of his wife in order to raise his family.)
Aykroyd confirmed that the film will “pass the torch” from the original group of paranormal investigators to a new group. “Let’s revisit the old characters briefly and happily and have them there as family but let’s pass it on to a new generation,” he stated. As for who that new generation might be, Aykroyd stated he’d like to see a five member group, with more than one female, mentioning Alyssa Milano and Eliza Dushku as two actresses he’d like to see strap on proton packs.
It is uncertain if the films’ original director Ivan Reitman will be able to return to duty behind the camera. Aykroyd concedes that Reitman is “too busy as a mega-producer” to make a return seem feasible. As a replacement, Aykroyd would like to nominate castmate Ramis, who has developed his own directorial career with films like Groundhogs Day and Analyze This. Ramis’s most recently film is the upcoming pre-historic comedy Year One, coincidentally written by Eisenberg and Stupnitsky.