The most recent update on the long-rumored Ghostbusters sequel was the news of a possible all-female reboot directed by Paul Feig, but according to Dan Aykroyd, the future of Ghostbusters – or as he calls it, the Ghostbusters “brand” – is now much more than just a movie. According to THR, Aykroyd was asked at an event in London for an update on the movie and said he’s shifted his focus from a sequel to a Marvel-style universe: “It’s beyond just another sequel, a prequel, another TV show. I’m thinking what does the whole brand mean to Sony? What does Pixar and Star Wars mean to Disney? What does Marvel mean to Fox?”
Aykroyd went on to say that the Ghostbusters “executives, the creatives, Ivan [Reitman] and myself” are now considering the next 10 years for the Ghostbusters franchise, which will 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.” As for the current status of any Ghostbusters-related project, Aykroyd insisted that it’s “up on blocks, it needs new electronics, new everything. 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.” When asked about the idea of the female-led Ghostbusters, Aykroyd said it’s a possibility for the third or fourth film and that “we’d need to write it.” Any fans who were worried that the female-led reboot could’ve tarnished the Ghostbusters franchise now have a whole lot more to worry about – will there be Ghostbusters High? Animated children’s show Ghostbusters Babies? And most importantly, when can we buy a Ghostbusters III lunch box?