Despite rumblings of a potential sequel for decades, it’s been 30 years since Bill Murray played Peter Venkman on the big screen in Ghostbusters II but Murray is set to reprise the role for next year’s Ghostbusters sequel – or reboot, whatever it will be – that’s being directed by Jason Reitman and another ‘Buster has officially confirmed it.
Dan Akroyd, who portrayed Dr. Raymond Stantz, was on The Greg Hill Show recently and the 67-year-old spilled the beans that he will once again put on a proton pack and join several of the franchise’s familiar faces. And he was really excited at the idea of the film and the next chapter of the story.
“We’ve shot our part – myself, [Bill] Murray, Sigourney [Weaver], and Annie Potts,” Akroyd told the show. “And it was really exciting working on this new idea and new take on the story which Jason [Reitan], who’s a really incredible, fine filmmaker came up with.”
Ernie Hudson is also returning as Winston Zeddemore, so the remaining three living Ghostbusters will once again share the silver screen. Harold Ramis, who starred as Egon Spangler and co-wrote the original two films with Akroyd, passed away back in 2014. He had a bust in the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot and Akroyd hinted that the upcoming film will honor the late actor and director in some way.
Akroyd didn’t get into specifics about how extensive a part it would be for the original cast members but some believe the actors will be sprinkled into the story. The film, set to be released in theaters on July 10, 2020, stars Paul Rudd, Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard, with the story reportedly focusing around a single mom, played by Carrie Coon.
“Jason Reitman wrote a beautiful, heartfelt script that takes the real DNA from the first two movies and transfers that directly to the next generation – it hands the legacy off to a new generation of stars, and players, and actors, and characters,” Akroyd added.
There’s certainly reasons to get excited for this film but the way Hollywood has done recent long-awaited sequels and bizarrely-casted reboots, let’s hold the fanfare until the trailer is released – we’re looking at you, Jurassic World.