The surviving cast of Ghostbusters have signed on for slime detail. Bill Murray, Dan Akyroyd co. will be picking up their proton packs and teaming up for the first time since 1989, in Jason Reitman’s much-anticipated Ghostbusters 2020.Dan Aykroyd announced the news in an interview on The Gregg Hill Show. Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore) previously said he was involved, but this confirms what fans had been waiting and praying for – Murray, Aykroyd (Ray Stantz), Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barrett) and Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz), together with Hudson, have all been working tirelessly on set. Aykroyd spoke in brilliant terms about the latest resurrection, describing “a beautiful, heartfelt script that takes the real DNA from the first two movies and transfers that directly to the third, the next generation.” The next generation he is speaking of is Ant-Mans Paul Rudd, together with Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard and young actress Mckenna Grace.All three are familiar with the strange and unusual – early in his career Rudd faced Michael Myers in Halloween 6. And aside from Wolfhard taking on creatures from the Upside Down in Stranger Things, Grace has starred in Annabelle Comes Home and The Haunting of Hill House.Story-wise, the action will not be set in the Ghostbusters’ traditional stamping grounds of New York, it’s moving into a residential setting. Rudd will be playing a teacher. The sight of the infamous Ecto-1 under a tarpaulin in the teaser trailer suggests a group rediscovering the notorious team. Excited yet? I am. Director Jason Reitman (Juno) is the son of original Ghostbusters helmer Ivan, and many feel he’s a perfect choice to continue the legacy. He co-wrote the screenplay with Gil Kenan. Columbia Pictures and Reitman Sr produce. Ghost Corps, co-headed by Aykroyd, are also credited.Reitman teased his fans with some information at a 35th anniversary Ghostbusters fan event. He endearingly referred to it as “a love letter to the original movie”. The starting point was the idea of “a 12 year old girl. I didn’t know who she was or why she popped into my head, but I saw her with a proton pack in her hand. And I wrote this story… And eventually I knew this movie that I needed to make, that I needed to write.” There are 2 noticeable absences from the credits. Harold Ramis, who played spook-slapping genius Egon Spengler, passed away in 2014. And Rick Moranis has been virtually retired from showbusiness since 1997, though could be persuaded to reprise Louis Tully.Aykroyd was the most vocal about a third chapter, often talking about a new team of Busters. The franchise has spawned animated series, comic books, novels, video games, toys and other merchandise. Slimer, the mischievous green ghoul with a limitless appetite, became a main attraction. However up to this point the movie series hasn’t regained that Eighties momentum. Murray took some persuading to play the role of Venkman in the first place. Another project of his – W. Somerset Maugham adaptation The Razor’s Edge (1984) – was bankrolled to sweeten the deal. He didn’t act for 4 years after, feeling Ghostbusters had been too big to top. The box office failure of Razor’s Edge also contributed to this decision. When he decided to do Ghostbusters II he found the results quite discouraging.He eventually made a cameo in Paul Feig’s 2016 take (as an ill-fated sceptic). “Billy and I showed up to work on that because we had faith in that vision,” Aykroyd revealed. Aykroyd, Weaver, Hudson and Potts also appeared in Feig’s reboot. It isn’t clear how big the veteran casts’ parts will be this time round. Ghostbusters 2020 is set for release next July. Studios hope audiences answer the call.

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