The heart wants what it wants, and as "the heart of the Ghostbusters," what Ray Stantz still, relentlessly, tiresomely wants is to be at the center of another Ghostbusters sequel.
Speaking to Sirius XM, Dan Aykroyd reportedly once again expressed his continuing, misguided thought that all his ideas for Ghostbusters 3 will yet be put into production--despite over a decade of that never happening no matter how hard he tried.
"There's three drafts of the old concept that exists," Aykroyd said. "And we're going to be able to salvage some of it and use it. Yeah, we're gonna be able to use it some day."
Of course, some might say the issue with this thought--beside the issue that Harold Ramis is dead and Bill Murray is completely disinterested--is that the studio has scrapped all those drafts in favor of a direction being guided by Paul Feig. But if you listen to Aykroyd, as we for some reason keep doing, Feig's reboot will merely be the first act to get the crowd going for Aykroyd's big number. Like an all-female cover band opening for the very tired old act they're covering.
"Let's get [Feig's] made and that will reinvigorate the franchise, and then we'll go on to maybe doing a more conventional third sequel as we were planning and another idea I have for it," Aykroyd added.
"I've got three daughters, so I'm all for female empowerment. [Feig] establishes the voices beautifully in these characters. Now of course, he's got masters playing the roles for him, so this is going to really work in our favor for the third movie." Because you know what really works in your favor with a belated sequel? Having the rock-solid platform of a strong reboot to kick out from under yourself and pretend never happened.