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When the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second ice age. When the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second ice age. When the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second ice age.

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Columbia Pictures ‘ Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire has pushed up its release date by one week, from March 29 to March 22, 2024, Sony announced on Tuesday.

The move positions the film to capitalize on another week of spring break viewership in a fairly open window, opening against Lionsgate’s Mark Wahlberg adventure pic Arthur the King and Focus Features’ The American Society of Magical Negroes , among other titles.

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Based on Ivan Reitman’s 1984 classic Ghostbusters penned by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, Frozen Empire is the fifth film in the series and follows up 2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife , which grossed over $204 million worldwide. Afterlife told the story of single mother Callie Spengler (Coon) and her two children, who move to a small town and discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters team. As mysterious supernatural events unfold, the family unearths the legacy left behind by Callie’s estranged father, one of the original Ghostbusters.

In addition to Coon, returning cast members in the new film include Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Celeste O’Connor, Logan Kim, Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts. Other actors aboard for the sequel include Kumail Nanjiani and Patton Oswalt.

Gil Kenan directed from his script written with Jason Reitman. Producers on the project include Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman and Jason Blumenfeld. Exec producers are Aykroyd, JoAnn Perritano, Amie Karp, Erica Mills and Eric Reich.

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It's called Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

A new teaser trailer for the next Ghostbusters movie has been released, and it looks cool as ice.

Now titled Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, the short teaser sees New York City covered in ice. "For the first time in US history, people froze to death in the middle of July," says the voiceover, as we find out something called the Death Chill has taken over. But don't worry, we know who we're gonna call...

The movie, directed by Gil Kenan from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jason Reitman continues the story started in Ghostbusters: Afterlife . As a result, it also sees most of its cast return including Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace as Egon Spengler's grandchildren Trever and Phoebe. Carrie Coon is back as their mom Callie too, as is Paul Rudd as her love interest Gary Grooberson. 

Even more excitingly, the original Ghostbusters cast is back once again this time around, including Bill Murray as Peter Venkman, Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore, Dan Aykroyd as Raymond Stantz, and Annie Potts as Janine Melnitz. That's not all, either, with some newcomers joining the cast too. Kumail Nanjiani, Patton Oswalt, Emily Alyn Lind, and James Acaster will all star.

The film had been shrouded in a lot of secrecy until the release of the teaser, with even its title being withheld. Star Hudson did give some more insight earlier in 2023, however, in an interview with The Film Collective . "It’s great to be back with Danny and Bill and Annie Potts and the new cast. It’s been forty years, it just feels like family."

Ghostbusters 4 will hit theaters on March 29, 2024. For more upcoming movies , check out our breakdown of the 2023 movie release dates still to come.

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Ghostbusters 4? Dan Aykroyd Has Some Thoughts About What Should Happen Next For Billy Murray, Ernie Hudson And His Characters

Are OG Ghostbusters coming back for another sequel?

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Spoiler alert: this article contains some information on Ghostbusters : Afterlife ’s plot.

As expected, Ghostbusters: Afterlife became a runaway success and rebirth of the long-running franchise. The box office success led to talks of another Ghostbusters sequel immediately. The cameo from OGs – Dan Aykroyd , Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson – in Afterlife put it over the top. Of course, devoted fans would love to see the three actors return. With talks of Ghostbusters 4 brewing, Aykroyd had some thoughts on what should happen next for his, Murray and Hudson’s characters.

Afterlife allowed the franchise to bring the original Ghostbusters back into the fold to help Egon Spengler’s family battle Gozer the Gozerian . Fans championed the return of Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson. But the nostalgia might not last long, according to Aykroyd. The Ghostbusters vet got a little morbid regarding the fate of him and the other OG Ghostbusters in the next film.

I’d like to die. I think Bill and I should be killed in the next one. Or, maybe we wait. Why not use the living Ghostbusters – Ernie, Billy and myself – for four, five, and six? Go until we’re gone. Then there will be time for the tributes. Death is going to take us soon enough.

Having Ray Stantz, Peter Venkman and Winston Zeddemore die in the next Ghostbusters sequel would be a bit of a letdown after their celebrated return. At least, the SNL alum is open to doing more ghostbusting. In his interview with USA Today , Dan Aykroyd hinted a possible sequel is up in the air now despite Ghostbusters: Afterlife ’s continued success. The Driving Miss Daisy star revealed the franchise’s fate lies at his feet.

As the original co-writer (with Ramis) and creator of the characters, I have proprietary rights. They can’t make a movie without me granting theatrical rights. I would grant that, and if there’s a part for me, I would certainly play it again. But I don’t know what the status is for any further films.

So, a sequel depends on Aykroyd’s permission to get it greenlit. It seemed the Trading Place star is ready to strap on the proton packs for another round. But it appeared Afterlife director Jason Reitman holds all the chips right now. Dan Aykroyd might not have to wait much longer as Reitman and writing partner Gil Kenan inked an overall deal with the franchise’s home, Sony Pictures. All signs point toward a Ghostbusters: Afterlife follow-up coming soon despite no official confirmation from either side.

Hopefully, more sequels mean more Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Bill Murray fun in the future. It would be nice to have a changing-of-the-guard moment between the original and newly minted Ghostbusters. With no sequel news on the horizon, you can catch the old school-new-school team up in Ghostbusters: Afterlife currently in theaters.

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Ghostbusters 4 – aka Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2 – was set to come to cinemas this December, but it's now been shifted back until 2024 .

The move was a result of Sony shuffling their upcoming schedule, with the new Ghostbusters movie taking the place of Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse , which now doesn't have a release date (currently).

We don't know too much about Ghostbusters 4 , other than it will continue the story of Ghostbusters: Afterlife rather than be another soft reboot of the series.

So while we settle in for the extended wait for the new movie, here's everything you need to know about Ghostbusters 4 .

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Ghostbusters 4 release date: When will Ghostbusters Afterlife 2 be released?

As mentioned above, Ghostbusters 4 was meant to arrive on December 20, 2023 , but has now been pushed back to March 29, 2024 .

The new movie filmed from March-June 2023 with the working title of Firehouse and on Ghostbusters Day (June 8, if you didn't know), the first official logo for the new movie was revealed.

Its chilly look was potentially more fitting for its original release date of December 2023, but it suggests that the new movie will be set during the winter all the same.

Ghostbusters 4 will bring back Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace as Egon's grandchildren Trevor and Phoebe, as well as Carrie Coon as Egon's daughter Callie and Paul Rudd as Callie's love interest Gary Grooberson.

Logan Kim and Celeste O'Connor are also returning as Podcast and Lucky Domingo, while the OG Ghostbusters are all back too, so that's Bill Murray's Peter Venkman, Ernie Hudson's Winston Zeddemore and Dan Aykroyd's Raymond Stantz.

Annie Potts is also reprising her role as Janine Melnitz and the new movie is bringing back William Atherton's Walter Peck too.

There are some newcomers to the Ghostbusters world in the form of Kumail Nanjiani, Patton Oswalt, James Acaster, Miko Hughes and Emily Alyn Lind. We don't know any details about who they're playing yet though.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife featured a posthumous appearance from Harold Ramis as Egon Spengler, but given the way it ended – with him going to the 'afterlife' – it's highly unlikely they'd repeat the manipulative gimmick.

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Sigourney Weaver appeared again as Dana Barrett in the mid-credits scene for Ghostbusters: Afterlife and could feature in a sequel, but that has yet to be confirmed.

Behind the scenes, Gil Kenan has taken over from Jason Reitman as director for the new movie, but Reitman has stayed onboard as a writer and producer, with Kenan also writing the movie with Reitman.

We haven't got an official synopsis for the next movie, but director Jason Reitman said before Afterlife 's release that it "opened the universe to all kinds of stories" .

That means, for now, all we can do is look at the ending of the threequel to see what clues we can spot.

Afterlife 's ending sees Trevor, Phoebe, along with friends Podcast, Lucky manage to defeat Gozer (yes, as in Gozer from the 1984 original) and all is right with the world.

Cassie makes peace with the ghost of her dead father Egon (yep) and she and Gary are likely going to live happily, if a bit weirdly, ever after. The family presumably stays in Summerville, Oklahoma in Egon's old house and everything is right with the world.

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Of course, there are post-credit scenes. It is the second one that sort of hints at a potential sequel, though how still remains unclear.

In the end, Winston is speaking to the Ghostbusters' old receptionist Janine about his achievements, but most of all how finding a home with the Ghostbusters helped him flourish.

He narrates as the scene moves to him returning to the old fire station where the Ghostbusters were headquartered, having rescued the car from Oklahoma. Meanwhile, weird noises reverberate inside the firehouse.

Whether or not he plans to resurrect the OG Ghostbusters is the cliffhanger, we presume, director Jason Reitman wanted us to leave with.

One thing we do know for sure is that the new movie will return to New York City and that iconic firehouse.

Even though filming has wrapped, we still don't have any trailer to show you for Ghostbusters 4 .

With the delay in release date, we might have to wait until late 2023 to see anything, unfortunately.

Ghostbusters 4 is released in cinemas on March 29, 2024.

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Ghostbusters 4, 5 & 6 could happen with original team, says dan aykroyd.

Dan Aykroyd has an idea for how the original team could return in Ghostbusters 4, 5, and 6, should a sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife happen.

Dan Aykroyd reveals that he has an idea for the original cast to return in Ghostbusters 4 , 5 , and 6 . The first Ghostbusters was released in 1984, written by Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, and directed by Ivan Reitman. Banking off of the success of the original, Ghostbusters II was released in 1989. Ghostbusters III was stuck in development hell for decades before Sony decided to reboot the franchise with an all-female cast in 2016 from director Paul Feig.

2016's Ghostbusters received mixed to negative reviews, so Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones never got to return to their roles. Instead, Ghostbusters was again rebooted with Ivan Reitman's son Jason making a true sequel to Ghostbusters II . While focusing on a new generation of kids including Trevor (Finn Wolfhard), Phoebe (Mckenna Grace), Podcast (Logan Kim), and Lucky (Celeste O'Connor), all three of the surviving original Ghostbusters cast members returned for a cameo at the end of the movie. As Phoebe is trying to defeat Gozer, Venkman, Ray, and Winston show up to help the young crew. Crossing their streams doesn't go according to plan, which is when Spengler's ghost shows up to defeat Gozer with his granddaughter.

Related: Ghostbusters: Afterlife End-Credits Scenes & Sequel Set-Up Explained

Should a sequel happen, Aykroyd has an idea for how he and his co-stars could return. In an interview with USA Today , Aykroyd says he wants his and Murray's characters to die in Ghostbusters 4 . The actor then backtracks a bit to suggest Ghostbusters 4, 5 , and 6 could involve the original cast until they actually die in real life. Aykroyd's full quote can be read below.

I'd like to die. I think Bill and I should be killed in the next one. Or, maybe we wait. Why not use the living Ghostbusters – Ernie, Billy and myself – for four, five, and six? Go until we're gone. Then there will be time for the tributes. Death is going to take us soon enough.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife's post-credits scene shows Winston returning to New York and ECTO-1 pulling into the Ghostbusters' firehouse before a red light starts flashing on a containment unit. While this certainly seems to be teasing Winston's future in leading the new Ghostbusters team, a sequel has yet to be officially green-lit. Jason Reitman is interested in continuing the franchise, even suggesting they make multiple spinoffs in different genres. The director also teased Vigo the Carpathian could return in Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2 , but until Sony confirms a sequel is in development, anything on the movie's story is purely speculation.

There is a real chance Ghostbusters 4 could happen , considering the film's successful box office run and positive reviews. Thankfully, it's also incredibly possible the original cast could return once more. As mentioned above, Hudson's character would seemingly be a mentor figure to a new generation of Ghostbusters, and Aykroyd himself has confirmed he would be willing to return. However, it's unknown if Murray would return for Ghostbusters 4, given his reluctance to return to the franchise. Ghostbusters: Afterlife found a creative and emotional way to reunite Murray, Hudson, and Aykroyd with Ramis, who passed away in 2014, one last time, so it may be better to finally say goodbye to the characters if the franchise continues.

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Dan Aykroyd Believes Ghostbusters 4, 5 & 6 Should Feature Original Team

While there has been no official Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel greenlit, Dan Aykroyd has ideas how the next sequels could feature the original cast.

If there is one person who has always been behind the Ghostbusters franchise, it is star and writer Dan Aykroyd , and after Ghostbusters: Afterlife blew away expectations at the box office when it arrived in November there were obviously going to be questions over whether we will see the original team back again in the future. While Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson are now advancing on in years, they proved that they can still put on a show with their late arrival in the legacy sequel and it seems that no one should write off the possibility of another outing or three for the team just yet as Aykroyd says he has an idea for Ghostbusters 4 , 5 and 6 .

While the first two Ghostbusters movies created one of the most iconic franchises of the 1980s, a third movie planned for the early 1990s became stuck in development hell for so long that Sony finally decided that the only thing they could do was reboot the series with an all-new cast. That decision resulted in the 2016 Ghostbusters movie, and rather than remind ourselves too much of how it was received, we will just say that five years later Ghostbusters fans got to see the team they actually wanted to see busting ghosts back on screens again in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

While the new addition to the franchise featured an unexpected appearance by Harold Ramis’ Egon Spengler in ghost form , which considering the actor passed away a few years ago was both a tribute to the actor and a very well done plot device, it seems that Aykroyd’s ideas partly revolve around the deaths of his own character, or possibly more. But then again, he also suggests that it may be better to use the three original cast members while they are still alive.

“I'd like to die. I think Bill and I should be killed in the next one. Or, maybe we wait. Why not use the living Ghostbusters – Ernie, Billy and myself – for four, five, and six? Go until we're gone. Then there will be time for the tributes. Death is going to take us soon enough,” Aykroyd said when he appeared on USA Today.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife certainly sets up the possibility of a sequel, with a post-credit scene seeing Ernie Hudson’s Winston Zeddemore returning to the New York firehouse with ECTO-1, while he talks about how he will always be a Ghostbuster. In the final seconds, the camera pans down to the containment unit in the basement where a red light is flashing and we cut to black.

A sequel has not yet been green-lit, but director Jason Reitman, who took over the reins from his father Ivan, has certainly expressed an interest in continuing with the franchise, teasing that a further Ghostbusters sequel could feature Vigo the Carpathian, and Ernie Hudson has said in interviews that he would be more than happy to return again in a sequel . The fans have been given what they wanted once, so who is to say it won’t happen again?

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The Making of Ghostbusters : How Dan Aykroyd , Harold Ramis , and “The Murricane” Built “The Perfect Comedy”

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For the record, Dan Aykroyd really does believe in ghosts. “It’s the family business, for God’s sake,” he says from his family’s farmhouse in Ontario, site of Aykroyd séances for generations. Aykroyd’s great-grandfather was a renowned spiritualist; the family had its own regular medium to channel souls from the other side. His grandfather—a telephone engineer—investigated the possibility of contacting the dead via radio technology. His father authored a well-regarded history of ghosts; strange lights halo his daughter in photographs.

Yet Aykroyd was the first to turn the supernatural into a highly lucrative global franchise. Drawing on his spectral heritage, Aykroyd sat down one day and started writing Ghostbusters . The finished result catapulted a crew of already-famous Saturday Night Live and Second City comedians to international superstardom, and became a watershed in the industry, eroding the once insurmountable barrier between television and film actors. “ Ghostbusters —one of Columbia’s most iconic films of all time—[also] basically invented the genre of special effects-driven comedy,” says Doug Belgrad , president of Columbia Pictures.

While taking a place of honor among the pantheon of historical comedy-horror films, Ghostbusters would also inspire subsequent generations of comedians to get into the game. “It really is a perfect comedy,” says Judd Apatow . “It was all those people at the height of their powers; they had mastered their craft . . . [and] made the [film] we dreamed they’d make. Movies like Ghostbusters . . . made us want to make movies.”

Yet Ghostbusters ’s astronomical success was far from a foregone conclusion: from its inception, the eventual blockbuster faced countless obstacles, unravelings, and emergencies. The film’s budget scandalized and divided its studio executives, who considered the project a “horrendous[ly]” expensive risk to be carried on the backs of former television actors and a relatively inexperienced director. “This was not Animal House or Caddyshack or Stripes ,” recalls Tom Shales , veteran television critic and co-author of Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live . “Those were all little movies. This was a big, big gamble.”

One of the leads for whom the script was written unceremoniously died of a drug overdose. The screenplay called for scores of special effects, and the major effects operations in town were tied up with other projects. To top it off, the Ghostbusters team was given a mere year to re-write, shoot, and edit the movie—even though none of the principals had ever attempted a project of that scale before. “The wisdom in town was that I had made a terrible mistake,” says former Columbia chairman Frank Price , who greenlighted the project.

Decades later, drama continues to surround the Ghostbusters enterprise, which has seen both spectacular triumph and wilting disappointment. Despite press reports of infighting among Aykroyd, Bill Murray , and Harold Ramis (who died earlier this year), the stars of the first two Ghostbusters films, Columbia Pictures has confirmed that a long-rumored Ghostbusters III is in development. On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the original 1984 Ghostbusters, its cast, director, producers, and other industry greats share their recollections about the genesis of the Ghostbusters phenomenon, and talk about its legacy and the future of the franchise.

“The Mount Vesuvius of original ideas.”

It would be impossible to write about Ghostbusters without first writing about Saturday Night Live : in many ways, S.N.L. was the Zeus from whose head Athena later sprang. “Even though [ Saturday Night Live creator and executive producer] Lorne Michaels had nothing to do with Ghostbusters , the movie was a tribute to those first five years of S.N.L. and the revolution it represented,” says Tom Shales. Upon its 1975 debut, S.N.L. immediately established itself as a major cultural phenomenon. Lorne Michaels’s ambitions for his new show were unabashedly outsize: “We wanted to redefine comedy the way the Beatles redefined what being a pop star was,” he later said in Shales’s book Live From New York: An Uncensored History Of Saturday Night Live .

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He succeeded. The original cast members skyrocketed to a level of fame once reserved for rock legends and film icons. Creative Artists Agency co-founder Michael Ovitz , who represented Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray at the time, recalls, “Walking around New York with Bill Murray was like walking around with the mayor combined with whoever the star of the Giants and Knicks was.”

By the early 1980s, the major first-wave S.N.L. alums had made the leap from the small screen to the big screen: John Belushi starred in 1978 cult favorite National Lampoon’s Animal House ; Bill Murray headlined Caddyshack (1980) along with Chevy Chase and starred in Meatballs (1979) and Stripes (1981). Dan Aykroyd was distinguishing himself as a major writing talent.

“Danny was one of the writing geniuses of our era,” says Ivan Reitman , who directed Meatballs and Stripes and co-produced Animal House . “He created the Coneheads, the Blues Brothers: all of this comes out of that wonderful brain.” Ovitz adds that Aykroyd “was an idea factory . . . the Mount Vesuvius of original ideas.” At any given moment, he recalls, “We probably had 10 Aykroyd ideas . . . in various phases of development.”

While sitting around the family farmhouse, Aykroyd says he read an article in a parapsychology journal and he got the idea about trapping ghosts. “And I thought, I’ll devise a system to trap ghosts . . . and marry it to the old ghost [films] of the 1930s,” Aykroyd says. “Virtually every comedy team did a ghost movie—Abbott and Costello, Bob Hope. I was a big fan of [them.]” He began hammering out a screenplay.

“[It was originally] written for John [Belushi] and I,” he says. The nascent project was immediately dealt a blow when Belushi died of a drug overdose in 1982. “I was writing a line for John, and [talent manager and eventual Ghostbusters executive producer] Bernie Brillstein called and said they just found him,” recalls Aykroyd. “It was a Kennedy moment. . . . We loved each other as brothers.”

Yet the screenplay that eventually became Ghostbusters would at least contain an homage to Belushi: the now-famous, green gelatinous ghost Slimer was based on “John’s body,” Aykroyd says now. “I will admit to having an inspiration along those lines.”

“Everyone was going into business in the 1980s.”

Aykroyd turned to Bill Murray, bringing his former castmate a half-completed draft of the screenplay. All of the principals interviewed for this article say that Murray agreed to be attached to the project at this early stage, although they also note—with varying degrees of exasperated affection—that Murray was already famous for not officially committing to projects until the 11th hour. (Murray did not respond to many entreaties to participate in this article.)

“With Meatballs , he was the star of that movie and I didn’t know if I had him until the day before we started shooting,” Reitman recalls, and added that Murray’s nickname, the “Murricane,” sums up the actor perfectly: “He was sort of a remarkable force of nature.” According to Aykroyd, “Whenever you can actually put a script into Billy’s hand, as if you were a process server . . . you gotta look him in the eye [and say], ‘You did receive this.’ ”

As for Aykroyd’s dream director: “Ivan was the logical choice to direct it,” he says. Thanks to the enormous success of Animal House , Stripes , and Meatballs , Reitman was fast becoming one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and bankable filmmakers. “I was in the right place at the right time,” he says today. “I got to work with the people who’d eventually become the new comedic voices of English language comedy.”

Aykroyd presented the script to Reitman; the two had worked together in a Toronto-based live-television variety show years earlier. “It was a screenplay that was impossible to make but one that had brilliant ideas in it,” recalls Reitman, who once admitted that the original draft “exhausted” him. Far darker than the version that was eventually shot, it took place in the future and on a number of different planets or dimensional planes. Yet it contained elements that would make it onto the big screen, including the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and what would become the world-famous Ghostbusters logo—a ghost trapped inside a circular red stop symbol.

Aykroyd and Reitman went to lunch at Art’s Delicatessen in Studio City to discuss the project. “I basically pitched what is now the movie—that the [Ghostbusters] should go into business,” says Reitman. “This was beginning of the 1980s: everyone was going into business.” He also urged Aykroyd to extract the film from the realm of pure fantasy and set it in a modern American city. “I called it my domino theory of reality,” he says. “If we could just play this thing realistically from the beginning, we’d believe that the Marshmallow Man could exist by the end of the film.”

And lastly, Reitman told Ayrkoyd, they should bring in Harold Ramis, director of Caddyshack and National Lampoon’s Vacation , and Bill Murray’s co-star in Stripes. Reitman and Aykroyd walked right from lunch to Ramis’s office on the Burbank Studios lot. According to Reitman and Aykroyd, Ramis thumbed through the script and listened to their plans for the project. After 20 minutes, he looked up and said, “I’m in.” He would not only become the film’s co-writer, but eventually the third Ghostbuster.

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“A horrendous amount of money for a comedy.”

The fact that the script needed massive reconstructive surgery didn’t prevent the team from pitching it to Columbia Pictures chairman Frank Price. Ovitz, who also represented Reitman and Ramis, recalls calling Price about the project: “I said, ‘We have a project: Danny-written, Ivan directing; Bill Murray is attached; we’re bringing in Harold.’ Frank said, ‘What do you think it will cost?,’ and Ivan gave a number—$25 million all in—and Frank said, ‘I’ll do it.’” By his own admission, Reitman had conjured the figure up out of thin air. “Three times as much as [ Stripes ] sound[ed] reasonable,” he states.

The deal set off alarm bells among Price’s higher-ups. “It was a horrendous amount of money for a comedy,” Price recalls. He says that the president and C.E.O. of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Francis “Fay” Vincent, sent his top lawyer from New York City to Los Angeles to talk Price out of the project. “It was too expensive, too risky, [they said],” recalls Price. “I explained, ‘I’ve got Bill Murray.’ I was going to go ahead with it. They made it clear that it was all my responsibility. I was out on the limb.”

Price slated Ghostbusters for a major summer 1984 release—giving Reitman and the Ghostbusters team just one year to write, shoot, and edit the first big-budget, big-effects film any of them had ever attempted.

“The Scarecrow, the Lion, and the Tin Man.”

Aykroyd, Ramis, and Reitman went into overdrive to draft a shooting script—first holing up in Reitman’s offices and then fleeing to Martha’s Vineyard for a sequestered writing session. “[They were] two of the greatest weeks of my life,” says Reitman. “We worked seven days a week . . . had wonderful meals with our families and then went back to work at night.”

The first order of business: rework the now-iconic main characters, who were relatively undifferentiated in early drafts of the script. Aykroyd remembers that the team drew on a long history of Hollywood archetypes and ghost comedies to guide them: “Put [the characters of Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, and Egon Spengler] together, and you have the Scarecrow, the Lion, and the Tin Man.”

His collaborators say that Aykroyd was an astonishingly good sport about having his template torn apart and almost completely reworked. “I’m a better originator than executor of a finished screenplay,” Aykroyd admits. “I’m a kitchen-sink writer: I throw everything in there. I’ve always relied on a collaborator to bring it into reality.” Said Harold Ramis in Making Ghostbusters (1985), an annotated script in book form: “Dan’s great at creating funny situations, whereas my strength is more in the area of strong jokes and funny dialogue. Essentially, we wrote separately, and then rewrote each other.” Aykroyd also served as the paranormal-activities expert, providing official (and official-sounding) jargon.

Largely absent from the drafting of the shooting script: Bill Murray, who was in India filming The Razor’s Edge , a movie adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s 1944 novel; Murray had co-written the screenplay. Former Columbia Pictures chairman Frank Price says that he had been approached about underwriting the Maugham project with the tacit understanding that Murray would in turn join the Ghostbusters cast, even though Price adds that Murray refused to tie the two projects officially. “The only way I had a chance to get Ghostbusters made was if I did this thing without demanding a commitment from Bill,” he recalls. Faced with this “dilemma,” he concluded that The Razor’s Edge would “lose little or no money if it didn't work out”—and made the gesture to Murray.

When Murray flew back to New York after The Razor’s Edge shoot, Ramis and Reitman picked him up at La Guardia Airport to show him the reworked script. “Bill flew in on a private plane, an hour late,” Ramis said in the same 1985 interview. “[He] came through the terminal with a stadium horn—one of those bullhorns that plays 80 different fight songs—and he was addressing everyone in sight with this thing.” Ramis and Reitman “dragged him out of there and went to a restaurant in Queens,” but Murray offered little input, instead entrusting his character to the team.

“I’ve always been able to write well in Bill’s voice,” continued Ramis, who had done the honors several times before as a writer of Stripes , Caddyshack , and Meatballs . “Because I [knew] certain insane instincts of his.”

The characters and plot were well underway, but sacrifices also had to be made: the team cut vast swaths of material, both during this initial writing marathon—and again later during the editing. For example, Aykroyd’s first script had called for an illicitly operated spectral storage facility in a deserted Sunoco gas station somewhere in northern New Jersey—an undeniably punishing purgatory for captured ghosts. The writers instead opted for an in-house storage facility in the Ghostbusters’s firehouse headquarters. The shooting script called for a shot depicting the inside of “a most unholy makeshift asylum”; its tenants included the moping spirits of famous dead people. It too was ultimately cut.

“Ivan would cut things out that were shocking to people,” says Ovitz. “He was unmerciful. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

“Designing creatures for a movie that had yet to be written.”

The team faced another almost despair-inducing challenge right from the start: the new Ghostbusters script called for nearly 200 special-effects shots—and the principals recall that most of the other special-effects facilities were tied up with other major projects, including Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Return of the Jedi . Reitman proposed an ambitious solution: “I said, ‘Look, we have to start our own effects house.’”

In a stroke of uncanny good fortune, Oscar-winning effects man Richard Edlund —famous for his work on Star Wars films, Raiders of the Lost Ark , and Poltergeist —was looking to set up his own shop. In a stroke of uncanny misfortune, “I was in the hospital after a back operation when I got the call from Ivan to do the movie,” Edlund recalls.

Yet he agreed to undertake the project. In a moment of rare collaboration, Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer—which needed effects for its production of 2010 —agreed to jointly fund Edlund’s new visual-effects company, Boss Film Studios.

“I had to put a whole company together—and lawyers ate up a lot of time,” Edlund recalls. “[By the time] the contract was made out, we had more like 10 months to rebuild the studio, shoot all the scenes, and composite everything. We had to build elaborate equipment. It was an incredibly ambitious amount of work.”

In the meantime, associate producer Michael Gross says that he began assembling a team of designers and artists to create the supernatural cast of the film. The assignment was an unusual one. As Reitman puts it, they were “designing creatures for a movie that had yet to be written.”

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“If you get the ticket to that train, you take the ride.”

By early August, a third and close-to-final draft of the script had been completed, and the team raced to begin three-dimensional casting as well. The character Dana Barrett—the sternly foxy love interest for Bill Murray’s character Dr. Venkman—caught the attention of Sigourney Weaver , who was ready to cut her teeth in comedy after her dramatic roles in Alien (1979) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982).

“I had to audition for Ivan,” she recalls. She says she decided to show him her best rendition of a “Terror Dog”—the creature that a possessed Dana Barrett turns into during the climax of the film: “I remember starting to growl and bark and gnaw on the cushions and jump around. Ivan cut the tape and said, ‘Don’t ever do that again.’”

Yet the performance must have impressed him, for Reitman says that he “called Harold and said, ‘I think I found our Dana.’” He says today: “[When] Sigourney came in, [she] had the right amount of gravitas to her, and a wonderful sense of humor.”

Originally written up as a model in the script, Dana became a musician at Weaver’s suggestion. “She could be kind of uptight and a bit strict, but you know she has a soul because she plays the cello,” says Weaver. “We always thought of Sigourney as the Margaret Dumont of this movie,” says Reitman, referring to the redoubtable actress who served a foil to Groucho Marx in seven Marx Brothers films.

Reitman then had to re-cast the role of the nerdy Louis Tully character—originally conceived for comedian John Candy , whom Reitman had directed in Stripes . Early storyboards for the film depict a rotund, distinctly John Candy¬–esque physique. But Reitman says that when he showed Candy the script, “[Candy] said, ‘I don’t know about this. I could do it, but I should do it with a German accent.’ He wanted [to be flanked] by two big dogs. I said, ‘I’m sorry, John—maybe next time.”

Eagerly waiting in the wings for the part: Rick Moranis , who’d made a name for himself in Canadian comedy sketch show Second City Television, or SCTV. Says Reitman: “[Rick] called me back in 12 hours, and said, ‘Thank God Candy hates [it]. This is the greatest script I’ve ever read.’”

It has long been rumored that Eddie Murphy was considered as an early possibility for the role of the fourth Ghostbuster, Winston Zeddmore, although Reitman denies this: “[Murphy] was never a consideration.” Zeddmore, he says, needed to be a stand-in for the audience, a character who could have things explained to him. “[ Ernie Hudson ] had this wonderful, likeable, kind of naïve quality, and I just cast him,” he said. (Hudson recollects a somewhat more grueling audition process: “[There must have been] five interviews and after that it took a month before I knew that I got the part.”)

Rounding out the Ghostbusters’s inner circle: Annie Potts as droll secretary Janine Melnitz. If the prospect of playing a character role alongside Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis intimidated the actress, she didn’t miss a beat. “I [was a] theater-school actor, not [from] improv, so their methods were foreign to me,” Potts says. “[But] if you get the ticket to get on that train, you take the ride.”

“I wanted this to be my New York movie.”

By October 1983, the team began shooting in New York City. During the Art’s Delicatessen meeting with Aykroyd, Reitman had proposed grounding the action in a town renowned for being a universe in its own right.

“I wanted the film to be . . . my New York movie,” he says.

It was a gutsy setting choice. At the time, New York wasn’t exactly close-up ready: the city was emerging from a decade of fiscal disaster, dissipation, and violence. “[In the early 1980s,] New York was the horrible, dirty crime center where decent people didn’t go—synonymous with the sleaziest slum in the country,” says Tom Shales. Furthermore, the epicenter of the entertainment industry had long since moved to Los Angeles.

Yet several industry observers credit Saturday Night Live —and later, Ghostbusters —with launching a cultural counter-attack on the West Coast exodus and announcing the city’s comeback. “It was like a second landing on the moon . . . Lorne Michaels putting down the flag on the moonscape, saying television started here [in New York] and should come back here,” says Shales. “ S.N.L. . . . re-asserted New York’s place in the creative life and fantasy life of the country—and Ghostbusters was a validation and celebration of that. Ghostbusters said, ‘It’s O.K. to like New York again. New York is back on top.’” James Sanders , the author of Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies , adds: “[The film] is a moment of resurgence and affection and love for the city, which had gone through so much.” This sentiment would be encapsulated by the last line of the film, shouted by Winston Zeddmore as he surveys the smoking, molten-marshmallow-drenched disaster zone around him: “I love this town.”

Aykroyd agreed with Reitman’s suggestion. “It’s the greatest city in the world, an architectural masterpiece,” he says today. “Energy central for human behavior.” The team delighted in the city’s gothic architecture, but embellished its on-location sets with gargoyles and menacing statues for added effect.

On the first day of shooting, Reitman recalls personally delivering Bill Murray to wardrobe (“I still had no idea if he’d actually read the script,” says Reitman). The moment he beheld Murray, Ramis, and Aykroyd “in full regalia” that day, walking down the street on Madison Avenue, he says he “went crazy.” Associate producer Joe Medjuck remembers the exchange: “Ivan turned to me and said, ‘This is going to be fucking great.’” Weaver recalls meeting Bill Murray for the first time on set outside the New York Public Library, “I went over and I introduced myself and he said, ‘Hello, Susan.’ [Then] he picked me up and put me over his shoulder and walked down the block with me. . . . It was a great metaphor for what happened to me in the movie: I was just turned upside down and I think I became a much better actress for it.”

On another day, the team drove all over the city, shooting the Ghostbusters guerilla-style at different iconic locales. “Rockefeller Center is privately owned, which we didn’t know,” says Medjuck. In one scene, a security guard in the background runs after Murray, Ramis, and Aykroyd: “That’s a real security guy, chasing them out of Rockefeller Center,” says Medjuck.

New York became a lead character in the film, which documents many now-lost landmarks, such as the World Trade Center buildings and the original Tavern on the Green. A representative of the New York Public Library, where the film’s opening scenes were shot, says that impostor Ghostbusters have occasionally burst into the main reading room and startled the patrons quietly reading there.

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“Up in flames.”

To the team’s chagrin, they discovered that there had been a short-lived Saturday morning mid-1970s children’s show called The Ghost Busters , creating a legal barrier to use of the name. Already deep into the shooting, they had to create several different signs bearing the name of the fictional operation to post above the front door to the Ghostbusters’s firehouse headquarters. Alternate names included “Ghoststoppers” and “Ghostbreakers.” The issue came to a head when the team shot a scene in which hundreds of extras stood on Central Park West shouting “Ghostbusters! Ghostbusters!” over and over again. Joe Medjuck recalls: “I got on a payphone and called Burbank and said, ‘You guys have got to clear that name.’” (It was eventually cleared for film use.)

Yet the rest of the shoot was miraculously hitch-free. “If we had had one problem with Ghostbusters , the film never would have made the release date,” says Ovitz. Interviewees describe the Ghostbusters shoot as being raucous yet harmonious, despite the number of big-personality egos involved. “It was . . . open and generous,” recalls Rick Moranis. “These guys are all Second City; the unwritten rule is to make the other guy look good.” Ovitz describes the principals as “ego-less” and “wildly collaborative.”

“Being on the set was one of the great experiences of all time,” he says today. “The looseness was crazily fantastic.”

Working with a cast of exuberant improvisers was both a gift and a challenge for Reitman: “What I learned . . . is that I’d have to be nimble,” he says. “I’d set up the scene for how it had been written: lighting, blocking—and then [Bill] would have a brilliant idea. My job was to hold onto the brilliant [script] and [yet] work fast enough to take advantage of his brilliance.” An impromptu Bill Murray flourish that became a great favorite among the producers took place during the scene in which Peter Venkman and Dana Barrett enter her haunted apartment together for the first time: Venkman grips a dubious looking bit of ghost-detecting equipment that strongly resembles a turkey baster attached to a stick; he reaches down, tinkles Dana’s piano keys, and informs her: “They hate that.” Sigourney Weaver recalls that no matter how raucous the atmosphere got (“Ivan would have to periodically get out the ruler and shake it at us”), the script remained all-important: “It was like jumping on a trampoline that’s really solid.”

Shooting wrapped in February 1984—leaving the team fewer than four months to edit and complete nearly 200 postproduction opticals. Edlund and his team went into overdrive: “We had three different studios going at [once], I had a motorcycle going back and forth from one to the other,” he says. Some of the effects shots had to be “done on take one, which is unheard of.” He says that Reitman asked to add about 100 shots with only two months left, at which point “I met him in the parking lot with my samurai sword.” Reitman dutifully cut 50 shots. Other occupational-hazard set-backs also occurred: the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man—played by an actor in a marshmallow suit and shot against a miniature background—nearly became a casualty of the Ghostbusters cause: “I think we built nine different suits,” says Edlund, “and several of them went up in flames.”

In retrospect, Edlund deems the film’s effects “funky—but that’s in character with the movie.” After all, Michael Gross says, “it wasn’t a special-effects film; it was a comedy.” Several team members point out that [that] homespun quality adds to the comedy—perhaps best symbolized by the obviously handmade, kitchen-colander brain-scanning device clapped onto Rick Moranis’s head in one of the scenes. It’s supposed to look shoddy, they say. That’s the whole point.

The effects were cut into the film just in time: “The prints were still warm when they went onto the projectors,” recalls Edlund.

“Frank was right.”

The response to the first Ghostbusters industry screening was not encouraging.

“In any industry audience, everyone roots for failure,” says former Columbia chairman Frank Price. “I sat there laughing in this audience which was deadpan.” Adds Michael Ovitz: “When the film came on, the reaction was horrible. A studio executive came up and put his arm around me and said, ‘Don’t worry: we all make mistakes.’ I was nauseous . . . [but] when the movie came out, it just exploded.”

In the first week of its June 1984 release, Ghostbusters broke Columbia’s “best opening weekend” and “best opening week” records. “You never heard people laugh like they did when they were watching Ghostbusters in a packed theater,” says Judd Apatow, who adds that he first saw the film at age 16 in a Long Island theater. “It was like a rock concert; there was a line down the block.”

“The film crossed over to so many markets and audiences and was celebrated for so long,” recalls Rick Moranis. “It went through three seasons: the entire summer. [Then] every kid was dressed as a Ghostbuster for Halloween, and it dominated the Christmas gift season.” The film went on to gross $238.6 million domestically and another $53 million overseas. “I’d had hits before, but [with] Ghostbusters , I was reminded of the movie Boom Town when they hit the gusher,” says Price. “Oil is just raining down: they’re rolling in it. That’s what it felt like with Ghostbusters .” Price’s then-boss, Fay Vincent, gives VF Hollywood a simple summary of the film’s astronomical success: “Frank was right.”

Several industry figures credit Ghostbusters with helping to break down the once strictly church-and-state divide between television and film actors. In the pre- Saturday Night Live period, “agents never discussed television people for movies,” says Ovitz. “Maybe small parts, but never leads . . . no one would pay to see someone you could see on TV . . . [but] there came a movement with Ghostbusters : all of the sudden everyone was clamoring for S.N.L . people. Within a 12-month period, the entire attitude of people in the business regarding television personalities changed.”

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“Great faith in the franchise.”

The perhaps inevitable franchise that followed the film’s success included a video game, a television cartoon called The Real Ghostbusters (1986–1991), and a film sequel, Ghostbusters II (1989)—which starred the original cast and grossed more than $215 million, but failed to generate the passionate enthusiasm spurred by the first film.

“It didn’t all come together,” Reitman says now. “We just sort of got off on the wrong foot story-wise on that film.” Moranis echoes this, saying, “To have something as offbeat, unusual, and unpredictable [as] the first Ghostbusters , it’s next to impossible to create something better. [And] with sequels, it’s not that the audience wants more of something; they want better.”

Yet 25 years later, Ghostbusters III is in development. In a statement issued to VF Hollywood via a studio spokesman, Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad says: “We are currently working hard to re-create the magic of the original in order to bring a new Ghostbusters adventure to life.” Studio representatives would not discuss plot or cast details, project status, or release date.

In recent years, the tabloid press and Internet reports have fueled rumors of discord among the original Ghostbusters cast about the project. In a 2010 appearance on David Letterman, Bill Murray called the prospect of a Ghostbusters III “my nightmare.” When asked by Letterman if he’d participate in the film, Murray replied, “I told them if they killed me off in a first reel, I’d do it.” Yet there appear to be no hard public feelings, at least for Reitman: “Bill’s had a life change in what he wants to do as an actor and God bless him.”

Both Reitman and Aykroyd have confirmed their involvement, but in with a 2013 interview with Larry King (who, incidentally, had made a cameo in the original film), Aykroyd revealed that the team would need to cast “four new Ghostbusters .” Reitman says that Ramis had been involved with an early draft of a Ghostbusters III screenplay, but now, the principal writer for the project is Etan Cohen, whose writing credits include Men in Black 3 (2012) and Tropic Thunder (2008). Hints of possible plot points and characters surfaced during the interviews for this article. For example, Sigourney Weaver says that during one relatively recent conversation with Ivan Reitman, “I said, I have one condition [for participation in Ghostbusters III ]: I want my son Oscar [from Ghostbusters II ] to be a Ghostbuster, and he said, ‘We’ve already done that.’”

In a phone interview, Cohen says that he and Reitman are “together for hours every week, working on it really closely.” He adds that Dan Aykroyd is acting as an overseeing Ghostbusters writer emeritus: “No one can speak the language of Ghostbusters like he can.” When asked whether a Ghostbusters III could succeed without Bill Murray, Cohen responds, “Absolutely everyone wants Bill Murray. But everyone has great faith in the franchise.”

All of the original cast members interviewed for this article tell VF Hollywood that they’d happily participate in a third installment, and several speculated about what their characters would be up to today. Rick Moranis on the fate of Louis Tully: “He’s in prison, a cellmate of Bernie Madoff’s. They compete to see who can make their bed first in the morning.” Ernie Hudson prophesies that Winston Zeddmore would be “the C.E.O. of the Ghostbusters franchise. I just hope that he wouldn’t be on a walker or [in] a wheelchair.”

He adds wistfully: “And hopefully we’ll still be able to wear the backpacks.”

Update: This article has been edited since its original posting to more accurately reflect the timeline of the film’s development.

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Dan Aykroyd was a writer and actor in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. The Ghostbusters universe was started by him.

  • 1 Ghostbusters Related
  • 2 Television and Early Career
  • 3 Film Roles
  • 4.1 Ghostbusters (1984) Trivia
  • 4.2 Ghostbusters II Trivia
  • 4.3 Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trivia
  • 4.4 Ghostbusters (2016) Trivia
  • 4.5 Ghostbusters: The Video Game Trivia
  • 4.6 IDW Comics Trivia
  • 5 External Links
  • 6 References
  • 7.1 Selected Images
  • 7.2 Behind the Scenes
  • 7.3 Secondary Canon

Ghostbusters Related [ ]

  • Portrayed Ray Stantz
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  • Voice of Ray Stantz
  • Ghost Corps - Head
  • Portrayed Cabbie

Television and Early Career [ ]

Dan first gained national exposure on the sketch comedy television show Saturday Night Live from 1975 to 1979.

Film Roles [ ]

Dan is known best for his roles of Blues Brother Elwood Blues and for Ghostbuster Ray Stantz. He created the Ghostbusters Franchise along with Harold Ramis.

He has also been in films: My Girl, Coneheads, Blues Brothers 2000, Evolution.

Ghostbusters (1984) Trivia [ ]

  • Ivan Reitman first met Dan Aykroyd when he hired him to be an announcer at a television station in Toronto in the 1970s. [1]
  • Dan Aykroyd drove the Ecto-1 in New York. [2]
  • During the New York shoot, City Hall revoked the permit allowing the film crew to film Ecto-1 's escort to Central Park West out of concern about the traffic snarl it would cause. They revoke the permit on the day filming took place at City Hall. Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd disappeared for one hour and approached Mayor Koch for help. Koch had the issue fixed so they could film the drive to Central Park West. [3]
  • Dan Aykroyd got to meet science fiction writer Isaac Asimov during the 55 Central Park West shoot, but Asimov was angry about the traffic because he couldn't get home. [4]
  • One night during the Central Park West shoot, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray borrowed police motorcycles and rode around Central Park with the lights and sirens on, pulling over pedestrians. [5]
  • Dan Aykroyd loved the shaving cream used to simulate marshmallow residue and kept asking for more to be put on him. [6]
  • Peter Aykroyd, Dan Aykroyd's younger brother, connected Ivan Reitman with Glenn Hughes and Pat Thrall during the search for a theme song. [7]
  • In The Real Ghostbusters episode " Take Two ", Winston mentions Dan Aykroyd's last name while reading off the cast of the movie being made about the Ghostbusters. [8]

Ghostbusters II Trivia [ ]

  • Dan Aykroyd suggested using a Jackie Wilson song. [9]
  • Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis enjoyed the stunt scene of the Ghostbuters rappelling down into the Manhattan Museum of Art 's restoration room and did it five times for fun. [10]
  • Howie Weed from the creature shop wore the makeup for scenes when Vigo was transformed within the painting and when Ray was possessed due to a scheduling conflict that prevented Dan Aykroyd from filming it himself. Weed was about the same size and he was there, saving time from bringing in another actor for fittings. [11] [12] [13]

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trivia [ ]

  • Dan Aykroyd's daughter Stella Aykroyd portrays Deputy Medjuck .
  • Dan Aykroyd contributed to the dialogue in the scene where Phoebe Spengler calls the Ghostbusters' phone number and speaks to Ray. [14]
  • On the day Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson filmed together, the first shot was done in the morning and was the part where Gozer throws them into the side of Ecto-1. [15]
  • Jason Reitman advised Dan Aykroyd to join in and insult Gozer's godly aspects. [16]

Ghostbusters (2016) Trivia [ ]

  • Dan Aykroyd did exchange an email with Katie Dippold about Ghostbusters jargon and science. [17]
  • On July 14, 2015, it was reported Dan Aykroyd filmed his cameo on the night of July 13. [18] It was reported Dan Aykroyd confirmed as much on his Facebook account saying "ON SET OF GHOSTBUSTERS SHOOTING MY SCENE WITH THE FUNNY AND BEAUTIFUL KRISTEN WIIG. LADY GB'S are adorable, beautiful,..." but the post was since removed. [19] [20]
  • In the first movie, Ray classified Slimer as a Class 5 after the Ghostbusters trapped him.
  • He recites the classic line, "I ain't afraid of no ghost."
  • He appears to be dressed similarly as the Zombie Taxi Driver in the first movie
  • Initially, driver was going to be attacked by a ghost as he drove away but it was decided that was too terrible a thing to do to Aykroyd. [21]
  • There were comebacks for Erin to say like "That's a double negative!" in the extended edition but they were deleted because it was deemed they extended the scene too much. [22]
  • A discarded idea for Aykroyd was to play a spiritual adviser named Rick Gale but it was cut for pacing. [23]
  • On page 215 of Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal (Three Rivers Press) , Dan Aykroyd is thanked in the acknowledgment section.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game Trivia [ ]

  • For Ghostbusters: The Video Game , Dan Aykroyd recorded around at least three takes of each of his total 2400 lines in under four studio hours. [24]
  • For Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Dan Aykroyd is credited as a writer but to be exact, he did rewrites of the original script by John Zuur Platten and Flint Dille . Then Harold Ramis did a pass on the script. Aykroyd and Ramis mainly polished the tone of the dialogue and vernacular used. [25]
  • In an interview, Aykroyd said he liked how everyone looked in the Wii version of Ghostbusters: The Video Game and joked about how they "shaved about 60 pounds" off his current weight for the look of Ray. [26]

IDW Comics Trivia [ ]

  • On page 12 of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #1 , Aykroyd is listed as one of the authors of the technical report.
  • On page 10 of Ghostbusters International #4 , one of the Olympia Restaurant Ghosts is visually based on Aykroyd's character George Dionasopolis, a cook and Pete's first cousin, in the Saturday Night Live "Olympia Cafe" sketch from season 3 episode 11 (1/21/78).
  • On page 2 of Ghostbusters 101 #4 , in panel 5, Ray's pill bottle references Clifford Skridlow, who Dan Aykroyd portrayed in the movie "Doctor Detroit".
  • Aykroyd is mentioned in the Introduction of Ghostbusters 101: Everyone Answers The Call TPB on page 2.
  • On page 7 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #1 , Ray's civies are inspired by an outfit worn by Louis Winthrope III, a character portrayed by Dan Aykroyd in the movie "Trading Places", notably during a mug shot.
  • On page 2 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #3 , one of the Ghostbusturtles has the first name of Dan Aykroyd.
  • On page 15 of Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #8 , in panel 2, the screen on Jenny's phone references Dan Aykroyd's character Austin Millbarge in the movie "Spies Like Us".
  • On Cover B of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #1 , the New York Times Monday classifieds references Dan Aykroyd's encounter with Isaac Asimov during filming in Central Park West amid a traffic jam production caused.
  • In panel 3, Ray's outfit is based on a jogging outfit worn by Dan Aykroyd's character Clifford Skridlow in "Dr. Detroit" (1983).
  • In panel 4, Ray is wearing a blue suit based on one also worn by Clifford Skridlow in "Dr. Detroit" when Smooth Walker and his girls take him out on the town.
  • On page 4 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #2, Ray's hairstyle is based on Dan Aykroyd's character Millbarge in "Spies Like Us" (1985).
  • On page 10 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #2, Ray mentions Ottawa, the capital of Canada and also the birthplace of Dan Aykroyd on July 1, 1952.
  • On page 11 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3 , Ray states he only knows the Blues, a nod to Dan Aykroyd and also his role in Blues Brothers.
  • On page 1 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #4 , once again, Ray's outfit is visually based on one also worn by Dan Aykroyd's character Clifford Skridlow in "Dr. Detroit" when Smooth Walker and his girls take out on the town.

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References [ ].

  • ↑ Dan Aykroyd (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 05:39-05:47). Bueno Productions. Dan Aykroyd says: "He hired me as an announcer at a television station in the '70s, in Toronto, so I know him for many years, and the fact that Harold Ramis had worked with him."
  • ↑ Joe Medjuck (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 1:03:35-1:03:38). Bueno Productions. Joe Medjuck says: "Dan drove the Ectomobile."
  • ↑ Peter Giuliano (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 1:28:56-1:29:35). Bueno Productions. Peter Giuliano says: "We had this massive location on Central Park West between, I think was 66th and 67th Street. So it's also where the traffic not only goes north and south in the city, but also east and west. The city, when they finally realized what we wanted to do, panicked and revoked the permit. When they did it, it was the day we were shooting at City Hall. And all of a sudden, we couldn't find Bill or Danny. And for an hour, we couldn't find them. And then they reappeared. And they said, we just talked with Mayor Koch, because we were at City Hall. So they went to see the real mayor. And he's gonna fix it, and we're gonna be able to shoot."
  • ↑ Harold Ramis (2005). Ghostbusters - Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:19:24-1:19:50). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "Ah right, so we're taking a break one day, Danny and I are standing on 65th and Central Park West, Danny sees Isaac Asimov, who lives in the neighborhood. Danny was so excited, he was one of the great science fiction writers of our age, 'Mr. Asimov, Dan Aykroyd, we're shooting the Ghostbusters movie'... he says 'Are you the ones responsible for this?'... and he walks away. He couldn't get home. "
  • ↑ The Tonight Show with Jmmy Fallon YouTube "Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd & Ernie Hudson Look Back on the Original Ghostbusters Film | Tonight Show" 11/15/2021 Dan Aykroyd says: "We had a wonderful night, I remember, where we had available to us some New York police motorcycles because we were shooting in Uptown. And so Billy and I decided we'd like to take a little ride around Central Park. And we grabbed those bikes and screamed all over the park. It was closed for some reason. And we were just - you know, lights and sirens and, you know, and pulling over pedestrians."
  • ↑ Ivan Reitman (1999). Ghostbusters - Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 01:37:30-01:37:35). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "Danny Aykroyd loved the shaving cream more than anybody else and kept asking for more."
  • ↑ Greene, James, Jr., (2022). A Convenient Parallel Dimension: How Ghostbusters Slimed Us Forever , p. 50. Lyons Press, Essex, CT USA, ISBN 9781493048243 . Line reads: "Dan Aykroyd's younger brother Peter was recording an album in Los Angeles around this time and connected Reitman with two of the musicians he was working with, Glenn Hughes and Pat Thrall (who comprised the hard rock duo Hughes/Thrall)."
  • ↑ Winston Zeddemore (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - " Take Two " (1986) (DVD ts. 06:20-06:24). Time Life Entertainment. Winston says: "Murray...Aykroyd...Ramis. What's that? A law firm?"
  • ↑ Joe Medjuck (2019). Ghostbusters II - Commentary (2019) ( Blu-ray ts. 41:14-41:20). Sony Home Entertainment. Joe Medjuck says: "My memory is, Danny, that this was your idea. Jack Wilson. 'Cause it's a song I love, and as soon as you mentioned it--"
  • ↑ Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited , Cinefex magazine #40, page 42. Cinefex, USA. Ernie Hudson says: "The nice thing about Ghostbusters was that nobody held back, no matter what they were asked to do. Everybody was committed , having fun and giving one hundred percent. When we did the scene where we slide down the rope and landed in the restoration room, we had to go pretty high up in the rafters to slide down the rope. But Bill was there, Danny was there and so was Harold. That made it pretty hard not to commit. We were up there with our backpacks on, and I was thinking, 'Gee I don't know about this.' But Danny was all excited about it and Harold loved it so much that he went up and down five times."
  • ↑ Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited , Cinefex magazine #40, page 45. Cinefex, USA. Tim Lawrence says: "Howie Weed--one of the creature shop crew members--wore the makeup for scenes of Vigo transformed within the painting and for a subsequent scene when Ray becomes entranced by Vigo and momentarily turns into a demon before his friends restore him with a blast of positive slime."
  • ↑ Wallace, Daniel (2015). Ghostbusters The Ultimate Visual History , p. 176. Insight Editions, San Rafael CA USA, ISBN 9781608875108 . Howie Weed says: "I'm a big guy, so I asked Dennis Muren if I could do it. Because I was already there they didn't have to bring an actor in for fittings, and they could get on it right away."
  • ↑ Wallace, Daniel (2015). Ghostbusters The Ultimate Visual History , p. 176. Insight Editions, San Rafael CA USA, ISBN 9781608875108 . Line reads: "Ivan Reitman OK'ed the look, but Dan Aykroyd's schedule didn't allow him to play the demon-possessed Stantz."
  • ↑ Den of Geek "Ghostbusters: Afterlife – Jason Reitman Finally Addresses the Biggest Spoilers in the Movie" 11/22/2021 Jason Reitman says: "Oh yeah, particularly the dialogue for his character. When he's talking to Phoebe on the phone and he starts talking about the fuel isotopes and things like that, this is just stuff that only Dan can come up with."
  • ↑ Vanity Fair "The Day Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson Became Ghostbusters Again" 11/22/2021 Line reads: "The first thing Hudson, Murray, and Aykroyd shoot that morning is getting cast aside. Gozer hurls the Original Ghostbusters (a.k.a. The OGBs, as they were nicknamed on set) back against the steel hull of the Ecto-1. This plot point literally makes the absence of Egon hurt."
  • ↑ Vanity Fair "The Day Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson Became Ghostbusters Again" 11/22/2021 Line reads: "While Hudson prepared to take his shot, Reitman encouraged Aykroyd to join in the verbal jabs. "For Stantz, I feel like your insults would be about her actual cosmic properties," the director said. Akyroyd nodded, agreeing that Gozer might feel some insecurity about rival deities. "Hawaiians have better gods than you!" he shouted. "Pele could kick your ass!""
  • ↑ IGN "What we learned on the set of the Ghostbusters Reboot" (page 1) 4/28/16 Katie Dippold says: "Dan Aykroyd was so good at that fake science mumbo jumbo that's so charming and fun. He weighed in with notes of what to call things. That was a wonderful email to get."
  • ↑ Indie Revolver "Dan Aykroyd's Cameo in Paul Feig's Ghostbusters Revealed!!" 7/14/15
  • ↑ /Film "Dan Aykroyd Confirms Cameo in Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters'" 7/14/15
  • ↑ ProtonCharging FB 7/14/15 Aykroyd's post
  • ↑ Yahoo! Movies "Screenwriter Katie Dippold on How 'Ghostbusters' Changed and Why 'The Heat 2' Isn't Happening" 7/20/16 Katie Dippold: "Originally in the script the taxicab won't pick her up, but then when he drives off without her, a ghost gets in the cab and kind of attacks him. But then we realized, I don't know that we want to see Dan Aykroyd attacked [laughs]. That seemed terrible."
  • ↑ EMPIRE Online "Empire Podcast: Ghostbusters Spoiler Special with Paul Feig" 24:34-25:11 7/27/16 Paul Feig says: "Those lines we kind of wrote when we got there. Originally, it was 'guy pulls up and she's trying to get a ride and he won't take her' He drives off then a ghost flies in the cab and throws him out of the cab and takes off. But we where going to do that with Dan then 'I don't know...' I want Dan to be in control. He should be the one guy unphased by the whole thing. And so that's where we came up with 'I don't drive wackos. I ain't afraid of no ghosts' Uh, we had funny lines and come backs for Kristen but they always felt like they extended the scene and like she goes, 'That's a double negative! That means you're afraid of ghosts!'."
  • ↑ Yahoo! Movies "Screenwriter Katie Dippold on How 'Ghostbusters' Changed and Why 'The Heat 2' Isn't Happening" 7/20/16 Katie Dippold: "With Dan Aykroyd … we originally had a scene in the script where there was this spiritual adviser named Rick Gale that we were hoping he would do. But then we ended up cutting the scene because it was kind of slowing down the story."
  • ↑ Reddit AMA "AMA with the developers of 2009's Ghostbusters: The Video Game!" 7/16/16 Drew Haworth says: "With Dan we recorded something like 2400 lines, at least three takes each, all great takes, in under 4 studio hours. THAT is a badass."
  • ↑ New York Times "New Video Game? Who You Gonna Call?" 5/28/2009 Dan Aykroyd says: "They gave me the script. I took it. I rewrote it doing little tiny structural things, mostly bringing back the tone of the original dialogue and the vernacular - the terms, the idiom - but they really had it. Two-thirds of it was there. Then they gave it to Harold. He did the same thing."
  • ↑ Joystiq article 4/13/09

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‘Ghostbusters 4’ Could Wipe One of the Sequels From Canon

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Olivia Wilde as Gozer in 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife'

A new Ghostbusters film will be arriving in theaters later this year, which will follow on from Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021), the long-awaited sequel to the original two films in the series, Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989).

The film is being directed by Gil Kenan , and will see the return of McKenna Grace , Finn Wolfhard, Celeste O’Conner, Carrie Coon, and Paul Rudd, who will be reprising their roles as Phoebe, Trevor, Lucky, Callie, and Gary Grooberson , respectively.

Ghostbusters Afterlife character ensemble poster

Related: ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Is Getting THREE Sequels!

Ernie Hudson has also confirmed that he’ll be returning to play Winston Zeddemore, while special effects artist and actor Billy Bryan, who is best known for creating and portraying iconic Ghostbusters villain the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in the 1984 film, is also back on board .

Needless to say, fans are excited about the upcoming film, which is yet to get an official title. Its codename is Firehouse (three guesses as to why!), although many have simply taken to calling it Ghostbusters 4 (2023).

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in Ghostbusters 1984

Related: ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Missed a HUGE Opportunity at World-Building

Some fans, however, are referring to the sequel as Ghostbusters 5 , because it will indeed be the fifth film in the Ghostbusters franchise if you include the 2016 reboot Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (2016), which turned out to be a critical and financial disaster for Sony Pictures .

The trouble is that this is a little confusing, seeing as the reboot takes place, of course, in an entirely separate timeline. If, however, we’re calling it Ghostbusters 5 because of beloved installment Ghostbusters: The Video Game (2009), things start to make more sense.

Ghostbusters The Video Game

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Ghostbusters: The Video Game  is a third-person adventure game that sees the return of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts, as Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Ray Stantz, Dr. Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore, and Janine Melnitz.

The game takes place in New York City in 1991, and follows the Ghostbusters as they try to round up all the ghosts that have escaped from the Ecto-Containment Unit, while also dealing with the spirit of insane architect and Gozer worshipper Ivo Shandor.

Ghostbusters The Video Game

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Several years ago, Dan Aykroyd confirmed that Ghostbusters: The Video Game is actually canon with Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II , and so for a long time fans considered it a proper Ghostbusters sequel — well, at least until Afterlife came along…

So, here are five reasons why the new Ghostbusters sequel will probably wipe the game from canon (although, in many ways it seems that Afterlife already has).

1. The New York City Setting

Statue of Liberty in Ghostbusters 2

The Afterlife sequel will be a continuation of   “the Spengler family story” , as established in the 2021 sequel. However, this time the series will return to the “home” of Ghostbusters , in New York City (although filming is expected to begin in March in London ).

Given how much Afterlife relies on nostalgia and well-known Ghostbusters villains and other characters, the fact that the franchise is suddenly boomeranging back to New York City is probably no coincidence, and if you read on, you might see a pattern forming.

Related: Will ‘Ghostbusters 4’ Be a Christmas Movie?

2. Ivo Shandor’s Story Is Different

(L to R) Gozer (Olivia Wilde) and Ivo Shandor (JK Simmons) in Ghostbusters Afterlife

Speaking specifically towards Afterlife , like the 2009 game, the latest sequel features Gozer fanatic Ivo Shandor (JK Simmons). But this time, he’s shown to have been in a supernatural slumber for the past century, as opposed to being a ghost like in the game.

There’s also no mentioning of the events of the game whatsoever, and while this doesn’t mean that the game is no longer canon — because Afterlife also doesn’t mention Ghostbusters II which is 100% canon — it has still left fans of the game confused since its release.

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3. The Timeline Is Messy When You Include the Game

McKenna Grace as Phoebe in Ghostbusters Afterlife

In the 2021 film, Gary Grooberson (Paul Rudd) refers to the Ghostbusters’ glory days with the line “New York in the eighties, it was like The Walking Dead “, which would suggest that, beyond 1989 — which is when Ghostbusters II takes place — that their heyday was over.

However, this contradicts a line from Dr. Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) later in the film while he’s on the phone with Phoebe. Ray tells her that the Ghostbusters continued for several years, until her grandfather, Dr. Egon Spengler, disappeared with all their equipment.

Why then, have the Ghostbusters become nothing more than an urban legend when their work apparently continued well into the new millennium? While the fact that they continued for years after the 1989 sequel would fall in line with the video game, at the same time, Afterlife also contradicts this.

Related: 5 Things Fans Expect From ‘Ghostbusters 4’

4. Afterlife ‘s Overreliance on Nostalgia

The Mini Stay Puft in Ghostbusters Afterlife

Rebooting the events of Ghostbusters: The Video Game would be a great excuse for the upcoming sequel to bring even more familiar Ghostbusters villains back into the fold — the Stay Puft, Slimer, Vigo the Carpathian, the Librarian Ghost, and so on.

But though Afterlife is a solid entry, it utilizes well-known Ghostbusters villains far too much. We might be getting our streams crossed for no reason, but we highly doubt that the next installment won’t do the same thing, especially given the fact it’s doing a 180-turn in terms of setting.

Related: ‘Ghostbusters’ Netflix Reboot Will Be “Weirder” Than Anything We’ve Seen

5. Afterlife ‘s Post-Credits Scene

The Ecto-1 in Ghostbusters Afterlife

There’s another clue in Afterlife that suggests the upcoming sequel will wipe the game from canon entirely. Afterlife ‘s post-credits scene shows the Ecto-1 being returned to its rightful place in the old Ghostbusters firehouse, while Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) opens the doors.

We then cut to a dusty Ecto-Containment Unit, on which a red light is flashing ominously . Does this mean that it’s about to “leak” just as it did in the original 1984 film and the 2009 game? Is the Afterlife sequel taking a leaf out of the game’s book? It wouldn’t surprise us — especially considering that Podcast actor Logan Kim has previously said that he thinks the filmmakers should take inspiration from the 2009 game.

Paul Rudd in Ghostbusters Afterlife

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As per the Ghostbusters /Sony Pictures website, here’s the synopsis for Ghostbusters: Afterlife :

From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman, comes the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe . In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the s ecret legacy their grandfather left behind. The film is written by Jason Reitman & Gil Kenan.

(L to R) Celeste O'Conner (Lucky), Finn Wolfhard (Trevor), Logan Kim (Podcast), and McKenna Grace (Phoebe) in Ghostbusters Afterlife

Related:  Could an Open-World ‘Ghostbusters’ Game Be on the Horizon?!

Ghostbusters: Afterlife stars McKenna Grace (Phoebe) , Logan Kim (Podcast), Celeste O’Connor (Lucky), Finn Wolfhard (Trevor), Carrie Coon (Callie), Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz), Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barrett), Paul Rudd (Gary Grooberson), Olivia Wilde (Gozer the Gozerian), JK Simmons (Ivo Shandor), Bill Murray  (Dr. Peter Venkman), Dan Aykroyd (Dr. Ray Stantz), and Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore) .

Ghostbusters 4 will be released on December 20, 2023 .

Do you think Ghostbusters 4 will officially wipe the 2009 video game from canon? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Ghostbusters Dan Aykroyd details ‘spectacular’ moment he saw UFO

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Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd has described sightings of what he believes to be a UFO .

The comedian claims he has spotted UFOS on four different occasions.

The star detailed the moment he believes he saw a UFO outside his hotel , in an interview with Fox News on Monday (8 January).

He said: “The most spectacular one that I saw was bout 50 feet away from me and on the 23rd floor of a hotel in Montreal.

“There were no lights at all, it was just a big, grey object that looked like a Macy’s Day Parade balloon.”

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Ghostbusters' Dan Aykroyd saw 'grey UFO' just feet away from hotel in strange admission

Posted: January 9, 2024 | Last updated: January 9, 2024

Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd has spoken out in a new interview about his experience with UFOs.

The Hollywood actor spoke to Fox News , admitting he has spotted UFOs on four different occasions.

In the strange interview, the comedian spoke about a specific time he saw one just a walk away from his hotel.

He explained: "The most spectacular one that I saw was about 50 feet away from me and on the 23rd floor of a hotel in Montreal.

"There were no lights at all, it was just a big, grey object that looked like a Macy's Day Parade balloon."

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Dan said he was in Montreal, Canada , with a pal when the object was pointed out to him.

He continued: "We looked out the window, and there was this big grey object, 100 feet long, 50 feet high, with what looks like a bunch of grapes underneath it, you know?

"It just sat there, and we got a good look at it for about a minute and a half and then it kind of turned slowly, no sound, and it just drifted off.

"We ran into the hall and saw it drift into the St. Lawrence River."

Dan also further claimed that it had to be a UFO as the object could not be classed as a plane or other object.

He said: "Now that thing was not a helicopter, was not any kind of aircraft, it was right there present, right in front of us.

"Whether it was occupied or not, who was operating it, I don't know, I can't say that.

"But I know what I saw and I know I had a witness with me, and I know that was a vivid, vivid sighting."

Dan's experience with UFOs comes after police in Miami, Florida , were forced to shut down bizarre rumors they had shot at aliens at a mall.

Police had been called "for crowd control due to the juveniles refusing to leave," Miami Police Department public information officer Michael Vega told NBC News .

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Dan Aykroyd's Teen Daughter Threw a Party Where They Drank a Case of $900 Per Bottle Wine (Exclusive)

The actor recounts the moment in a PEOPLE exclusive clip from his upcoming series, 'A History of the World in Six Glasses'

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Dan Aykroyd is looking back at a moment in time when his oldest daughter served some very expensive alcohol during a party as a teenager.

In a clip from the actor's upcoming Fox Nation series, A History of the World in Six Glasses , which PEOPLE can exclusively share, Dan, 71, recounts when his daughter Danielle Aykroyd, who is professionally known as Vera Sola , and her friends drank a "whole case" of Chateau Margaux during a gathering in high school.

Noting how each bottle of wine in the case goes for $900, Aykroyd reiterated to guests Jim Belushi and Kevin Nealon that despite Danielle hosting "a little party," she and her guests drank "all" bottles of the pricey beverage.

In response, Belushi, 69, stated, "Oh, that is such a beautiful wine," before Dan teased, "Even today I can make her cringe when I mention it."

The Ghostbusters star added in a voiceover, "I still mention it every time I have the chance — it's called good parenting."

A History of the World in Six Glasses is a six-part comedic docuseries coming to Fox Nation later this month.

Alongside Dan, Belushi and Nealon, 70, the show also features  Jon Lovitz and Cheers star  George Wendt , and is helmed by writer-director Rob Long, a former executive producer of the NBC series.

The show will "track the history of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, soda and their respective impact on the world," according to a press release.

“I laughed out loud watching every episode and learned so much about the cultural impact of these iconic beverages,” Fox Nation President Jason Klarman said in a statement about the series, which is developed by Play House Studios.

A History of the World in Six Glasses is set to air on Jan. 8.

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‘Was not any kind of aircraft,’ Ghostbusters’ Dan Aykroyd describes ‘spectacular, grey UFO’ he saw just feet from hotel

  • Dinniah Bartholomew
  • Published : 3:06, 9 Jan 2024

COMEDIAN Dan Aykroyd has detailed his experience with UFOs, revealing the most "spectacular" sighting came while staying in a hotel.

The Ghostbusters star admitted he has spotted UFOs on four different occasions.

Dan Aykroyd revealed the moment he saw a UFO

In an interview with Fox News , he spoke about a specific time he saw a UFO outside of his hotel.

"The most spectacular one that I saw was bout 50 feet away from me and on the 23rd floor of a hotel in Montreal," he explained.

"There were no lights at all, it was just a big, grey object that looked like a Macy's Day Parade balloon."

The comedian was in Montreal, Canada with his friend, when the object was pointed out to him.

"We looked out the window, and there was this big grey object, 100 feet long, 50 feet high, with what looks like a bunch of grapes underneath it, you know?" he told Fox.

While standing with his friend, he revealed that he had to stop and stare at the strange aircraft floating above him.

"It just sat there, and we got a good look at it for about a minute and a half and then it kind of turned slowly, no sound, and it just drifted off.

"We ran into the hall and saw it drift into the St. Lawrence River."

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Aykroyd went on to insist the UFO could not be classed as an easily explainable plane or object in the sky.

"Now that thing was not a helicopter, was not any kind of aircraft, it was right there present, right in front of us.

"Whether it was occupied or not, who was operating it, I don't know, I can't say that.

"But I know what I saw and I know I had a witness with me, and I know that was a vivid, vivid sighting," he told the news anchors.

Aykroyd's appearance on Fox comes just days after police in Miami, Florida, were forced to shut down bizarre rumors they had shot at aliens at a mall.

Cops had been called “for crowd control due to the juveniles refusing to leave,” Miami Police Department public information officer Michael Vega told  NBC News .

The live news footage of the chaos, however, showed a gray-looking figure near police vehicles and made alien conspiracy theorists believe it was something else.

People claimed it looked like there was a giant gray alien creature that made a landing on Earth and was wandering around the mall. 

Miami Police were quick to debunk the claims.

“There were no aliens,” Vega told NBC News. 

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