Dan Aykroyd Released A Statement Regarding The Female Ghostbusters Announcement

The Ghostbusters franchise has had one single cheerleader for the last ten plus years and that man is the Ghostbusters creator, co-writer and co-star Dan Aykroyd. Known to most fans as character Ray Stantz, Aykroyd has been rooting for a third Ghostbusters film, especially after Sony released a Ghostbusters video game which was able to reunite the cast, even Bill Murray, to not only contribute their likeness but also their voice in 2008. Fans took this as a hopeful nod that we would once again see the four together again for one more adventure, but yesterday that dream has been completely shattered.

Paul Feig, director of Ghostbusters 3 announced the leads for the all-female ghostbusting team which include Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. And today, Aykroyd, the father of the Ghostbusters, has something to say about it. Unfortunately for most of you who apparently hate this new casting (I love it), you're going to disagree with Ayrkoyd's praise.

"The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy. My great grandfather, Dr. Sam Aykroyd, the original Ghostbuster, was a man who empowered women in his day and this is a beautiful development in the legacy of our family business.”

Aykroyd has not only held the Ghostbusters franchise close to heart, but just the concept in general. His grandfather introduced Aykroyd and his brother Peter to the world of the paranormal, often holding seances in his home, so it's no wonder Aykroyd calls Ghostbusters the "family business". And much like Ayrkoyd, we too hope this third film honors the heritage.

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source: Hollywood Reporter