With the all-female cast of Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot in place, fans are likely wondering what franchise co-creator and star Dan Aykroyd thinks of the development. After all, he's been trying to get a third Ghostbusters off the ground since the 1990s, and finally appeared to be nearing his goal until the death in February 2014 of Harold Ramis, which led to the departure of director Ivan Reitman.
As it turns out, Aykroyd is OK with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon strapping on the proton packs. Or at least he seems to be.
"The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy," he said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "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.”
Although it's probably not the vision he had for a third film, Aykroyd could still appear in the new installment. He's obviously still got a lot of love for the property, and Feig has said he's open to having any original cast members back, but noted they would play different roles.
The new Ghostbusters hits theaters on July 22, 2016.