With the recent surprise announcement of a new Ghostbusters film, several aspects of the original Ghostbusters made an unexpected return to the franchise. Jason Reitman, the son of the original film’s director Ivan Reitman, was announced as the director of the film, and the new sequel is is set in the original film’s continuity. When a teaser trailer was released , it raised anticipation to a new level as it revealed the Ghostbusters' signature vehicle, the loud and flashing Ecto-1 in an rundown barn.
An now, it looks like the surviving members of the original Ghostbusters cast will appear in the film too. According to a new report, original Ghostbusters star Ernie Hudson confirmed the he, Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd would return in the new film.
While it's not clear how the film will address the absence of the late Harold Ramis, who played the Ghostbuster Egon Spengler and co-created the franchise, Hudson said that his presence could still be felt in the film.
"I miss him, but his spirit is there. But Ivan Reitman is there and everybody is in," Hudson said to DailyMailTV, before remembering his late friend. “He was my go-to point and anything that was a little bit weird, or whatever, Harold was the guy who would sort of say, Ernie, just…” and explain the world to me."
Ramis passed away in 2014 from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis.
While Hudson, Murray and Aykroyd made cameos in director Paul Feig's 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, they didn't appear as their iconic characters. However, The Daily Mail reports that the three Ghostbusters will reprise their iconic roles and said that Aykroryd was instrumental in getting the film made.
Hudson added that he believes that Aykroyd, who has spoken highly of the project and its direction, will have the original gang return to modern day New York and that despite their age, the original Ghostbusters still have much to offer the upcoming generation.
“We’ve grown," Hudson said. "We’ve learned and a lot of really new young talent that I’m sure they’d bring in to it. So, it would be a lot of fun, I think it would only deepen."
The film is scheduled for a summer 2020 release.