Dan Aykroyd Teases What’s Next For the Ghostbusters Franchise


Warning: This article may contain spoilers for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire


Summary

  • Dan Aykroyd hints at passing the torch in future
    Ghostbusters
    films, focusing on the kids handling things on their own.
  • Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
    mixes old and new, with a potential return of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in the mid-credits scene.
  • The franchise’s future depends on audience reception, with the possibility of at least one more big screen outing for the team.


Dan Aykroyd has always been at the heart of the Ghostbusters franchise, and following Frozen Empire’s strong debut last weekend, the actor has been turning his thoughts to where future movies could go.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

3.5/5

Release Date
March 22, 2024

Cast
Mckenna Grace , Carrie Coon , Annie Potts , Paul Rudd , Emily Alyn Lind , Bill Murray , Finn Wolfhard , Ernie Hudson , Dan Aykroyd , Patton Oswalt , William Atherton , Kumail Nanjiani

Studio
BRON Studios, Columbia Pictures, Ghostcorps

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire brings back the OG busting team along with the new additions of Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Of course, nothing lasts forever, and with that in mind, there has always been an idea of “passing the torch” with the development of any new projects in the franchise. This is now something that Aykroyd has suggested could happen with the next movie. Speaking to USA Today, the franchise veteran addressed what another movie would focus on. He said:


The kids have to handle things on their own. Hopefully, we might make that in the next couple of years.

Aykroyd is not the only person to hint at more to come from the Ghostbusters in the next few years, but as someone who has been involved in everything from games, to TV shows, and, of course, the movies – yes even 2016’s Ghostbusters reboot – it is not surprising that he seems to be once again in the think of it when it comes to the next possible outing.


Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Could Bring Back an Old Villain

The 1984 Stay Puft Marshmallow Man composited with Winston and Peter from Frozen Empire
Sony


Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire delivers a strong mix of the new and old, from its combined Ghostbusting team, to returning ghosts, and an all-new villain. However, the film’s mid-credits scene could well hint at the return of one of the franchise’s most iconic manifestations – the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife brought a brilliant twist to Mr Stay Puft, with bags of marshmallows all taking on the form of “the Destroyer”, albeit in a smaller and more manageable form than in the original 1984 movie. These little critters appear once again in Frozen Empire, and in the mid-credits scene they steal a van full of a certain brand of Marshmallows. According to director Gil Kenan, this is not simply a throwaway moment, and could well have big implications for the next movie if that happens. Kenan told Entertainment Weekly:


“Jason and I definitely have a story up our sleeves that continues that narrative thread. There’s more trouble where that came from. Nothing we can talk about yet, but it feels like those guys have way more story to tell. I love those guys; they’re so fun to direct. [They’re] primadonnas. Their rider is impossible, but it’s worth it for what they do onscreen.”

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The Spengler family and Gary (Paul Rudd) have trouble acclimating to life in New York City while a new threat emerges.

For now, the future of the Ghostbusters franchise rests in the hands of audiences. If the numbers stack up, then it is likely that we will be seeing at least one more big screen outing for some of the team. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is out now in cinemas.

An animated Ghostbusters series is currently in development for Netflix.




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