Dan Aykroyd Has Written a 'Ghostbusters' Prequel Titled 'Ghostbusters High'
The ghost of the ‘Ghostbusters’ franchise hasn’t yet been busted.
We’re all familiar with the disastrous 2016 Paul Feig-directed reboot. Sony Pictures still seems keen on resurrecting the franchise with Jason Reitman, son of original Ghostbuster Ivan Reitman, who is gearing up to shoot an untitled sequel set for 2020. And several other potential projects are apparently in the works including an animated feature.
However, despite all those projects apparently in the works—and in addition to seemingly tepid demand for them—original star and co-writer Dan Aykroyd has revealed that he’s already penned a prequel script featuring Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler and Ray Stantz.
“I’ve written Ghostbusters High, where they meet in New Jersey in 1969 and we’re looking to do that as probably a glorified feature or pilot within the next maybe five years,” Akroyd said to 660 City News. “And it would lead to a television project and I thought of Reitman immediately for that. It’s on his desk but that’s years away from the current project. But it’s a neat idea for a prequel. Imagine casting the three characters as teenagers!”
While Ghostbusters High is merely speculative at best, there is indeed a the upcoming sequel arriving July of next year, and Aykroyd went on to offer some words of praise for the screenplay and story.
“Ivan Reitman’s son Jason has written a beautiful script, I can’t say too much about it but it’s going to get made and hopefully there’ll be some familiar faces. It’s so different from even the first and second. This just takes it to a new generation and a new direction that is so warm, heartfelt and indeed, quite scary when you confront some of the issues that are being discussed.”