Yesterday, Sony announced that director Jason Reitman will co-write and direct a Ghostbusters movie set in the original film's universe. However, original Ghostbusters star and co-creator Dan Aykroyd revealed this new film in an interview from November 2018, even sharing some details in the process.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Aykroyd -- who played Dr. Ray Stantz in the 80s films -- told Dan Rather last November that a third film was in the works, while praising the filmmakers involved. "They're [Reitman and co-writer Gil Kenan] a good team and they are making an effort to bring back all the emotion and spirit of the first two movies and then take it into the 21st century with a vernacular that's needed today to get it across," he revealed. Aykroyd has been a persistent advocate for the continuation of the original film storyline for years, discussing such subjects as plot details for unused scripts and possibilities of expanding the universe in a television series.
The movie does not share a universe with the 2016 Ghostbusters, which was directed by Paul Feig and starred Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. "Let me say this: The girls were really good and Paul Feig made a really good movie, and they are some great things in it and the girls are great in it," Aykroyd shared. Of Feig, he said, "I don't want to slag a fellow artist, but had it cost a little less and had he listened to some of our suggestions on budget, then there might have been another girls movie and that would have been great."
At the time of writing, it is unclear if any of the original cast will reprise their roles in the upcoming film. The film has been scheduled for a Summer 2020 release.