Trying for like twenty years to get another Ghostbusters sequel going while your co-stars rudely refuse or die tragically can take its toll on a man, and that appears to be what's happened with Dan Aykroyd. The once respected actor has taken to hawking Vodka while trying to pitch multiple iterations of the film, and now it appears he's completely lost his mind, because he's telling people that the Ghostbusters franchise is like Pixar, Star Wars, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe all rolled into one. From The Hollywood Reporter:
"It’s beyond just another sequel, a prequel, another TV show. I'm thinking what does the whole brand mean to Sony?" he said. "What does Pixar and Star Wars mean to Disney? What does Marvel mean to Fox?"
Okay, so the Fox Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is slightly less ambitious, but still...
He added that the focus must be "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."
Using the Ghostbusters car Ecto as an analogy, Aykroyd said that the entire concept was now sitting in the garage without paint, wheels, a motor or a transmission. "It’s up on blocks, it needs new electronics, new everything," he said. "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."
Ok, I'm calling it now. This isn't going to end well. Look, I'd like to see Ghostbusters make a comeback as much as the next guy. But honestly, it's unlikely it's going to happen, and even if they do get the movie franchise rebooted, it's not going to all of a sudden be this all-encompassing force of nature that takes every entertainment medium by storm. Aykroyd has too much invested here. He's one step away from growing nine inch fingernails and building the Spruce Goose. But hey, maybe if that first movie gets off the ground, he can...
"We need to write it," he said..
You haven't even written the goddamn thing yet?! Oh, for fuck's sake!