Will the forthcoming third (and potentially all-female) installment of the lauded Ghostbusters franchise be the beginning of an entire interconnected canon for our favorite paranormal investigators? According to franchise star and co-creator Dan Aykroyd, a third movie is just the tip of the slime-covered iceberg.
“It’s beyond just another sequel, a prequel, another TV show. I'm thinking what does the whole brand mean to Sony?” Aykroyd told The Hollywood Reporter. “What does Pixar and Star Wars mean to Disney? What does Marvel mean to Fox?”
Of course, Aykroyd was either referencing Fox’s stranglehold on the X-Men franchise or he was confusing studios, but the message is clear: Ghostbusters is more than just movies. As we’ve seen with the interlocked Marvel Cinematic Universe branching out into ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., there’s definite room to tell stories not only across films, but across platforms as well.
“The whole vehicle of Ghostbusters has to be rebuilt,” Aykroyd said. “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.”
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