Ghostbusters Get A Cinematic Universe?

It seems just a reboot may not be enough for the “Ghostbusters” franchise. Speaking in London, the franchise’s co-creator and star Dan Aykroyd says those involved in the upcoming movie (rumored to be an all-female reboot) are looking way beyond just a one-off return. He tells The Belfast Telegraph:

“My whole thinking on Ghostbusters now is it’s beyond just a sequel, a prequel, another movie, another TV show. I’m thinking now, what does the whole brand mean to Sony? What’s Pixar and Star Wars mean to Disney? What does Marvel mean to Fox?

Everybody, all of us on the team there now, the executives, the creatives, myself, Ivan (Reitman), we’re thinking more in terms of what do we build this thing into in the next ten years? Just not another movie or another TV show, but what’s the totality of it? What’s the whole mythology from the beginning of their lives to the end of their lives? Ghostbusters at 9-years-old, Ghostbusters in high school.”

Aykroyd then went on to use the gang’s famous car Ecto-1 as an analogy as to the repairs they are making to the franchise:

“I’ll draw this analogy, we’ve got the Ecto, okay? It’s sitting in the garage, it’s got the motor out of it, the transmission out of it, the paints gone, the wheels are gone, it’s up on blocks, it needs new brakes, new electronics, everything. That’s what we have to do. The whole vehicle of Ghostbusters has to be rebuilt so that’s more of the ambitious thinking that’s going on now than just thinking about another movie.”

He was also asked about the reports of an all-female “Ghostbusters” to which he responded:

“It’s like taking on the model of Marvel, that type of thing, where you take all the elements that were in these movies and you put them out there as different ideas, so we’ll see. I think a third movie with females or a fourth movie with females is definitely a possibility. Again though, we need to write it.”

At last report, Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg (“The Office”) penned the most recent draft of the film which will go into production next year.