Marvel has had such success with its films, because they seem to have a formula. Many other studios are trying to replicate that success. It comes as no surprise that Dan Aykroyd would like to see the same thing happen for Ghostbusters.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Aykroyd offered up the following vision for the Ghostbusters franchise while appearing in London to promote Crystal Head vodka.
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?
Many Marvel characters rights are owned by different studios including Sony, Fox, and Disney. But it’s probably Disney who the Marvel brand means the most to (Marvel Studios maintains the rights to a majority of the Marvel characters).
Aykroyd also compared the Ghostbusters concept to an abandoned car sitting in a garage that needed to be restored. Aykroyd explained, “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.”
He stated that its just not another sequel. It’s about building a brand over the next 10 years. Akroyd is going to have to think ahead – as it feels like Marvel has films planned out till the end of time.
So lets say that you are directing Ghosbuters and that you want to follow the Marvel/Avengers formula. Do your films have something to build up to? The current Avengers movies have a plan/formula. The Avengers is ultimately building up to a confrontation with Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet. Along the way the Avengers are still battling baddies that you see in the comics such as Ultron but the overlying theme of the Infinity gems and Thanos are still present. Is that something you would want to do in Ghostbusters? Create an overlying villain to battle in the end and build upon how the characters get to that point? Do the characters cross into another realm? I recall Dan Akroyd teasing along time ago that in the third and final Ghostbusters film would have the team traveling to hell.
There are so many questions – don’t worry, i’ll spare you from anymore. It will be interesting to see how Akroyd and his team handles the Ghosbusters mythology. A reboot and new team seems obvious – I guess we will see though! Here’s something to get you pumped for the day!