Actor Ernie Hudson has confirmed the three surviving Ghostbusters from the original 1984 blockbuster are ready to strap on their proton packs and hit the silver screen once again.
Sony Pictures revealed on Tuesday that a third installment of the famous film franchise is in the works and will start shooting this summer.
Jason Reitman, whose father Ivan directed the first two hit movies, sent fans into a frenzy on Wednesday after tweeting a teaser trailer saying: ‘Everybody can relax, I found the car. #GB20.’
The short clip did not reveal the cast and details of the film’s production has been shrouded in mystery until now.
Hudson, who played ghostbuster Winston Zeddemore, revealed to DailyMailTV that he and co-stars Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray are on board with the project.
They’re back! Ernie Hudson, who played Winston (second from left) has confirmed the surviving members of the original Ghostbusters cast will return for the new film
Hudson, 73, (pictured as Winston in the 1984 film) told DailyMailTV: ‘Ivan Reitman is there and everybody is in. Now whether the studio will do it, I’m the guy who sits by the phone and waits for the call’
A showbiz source also disclosed that Aykroyd – who played paranormal scientist Ray Stantz – is the driving force behind the new movie.
The source said Aykroyd has completed a script treatment and the project is currently with Sony Pictures.
‘Sony have the premise and idea, but obviously for them it is a gamble after the disaster of the female reboot,’ the source said.
‘At the moment it is touch and go about the future, but Dan really wants the Busters to be remembered in style for the old fans and a new generation.’
Hudson, who spoke as he attended For Your Consideration NAACP Image Awards Screening in Beverly Hills, tells DailyMailTV that a new film could still work without cast mate Harold Ramis, famous as Egon, who tragically passed away in 2014.
‘We miss Harold, because Harold was really the glue that I think held everybody together,’ he said.
‘He was always 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.
‘And I miss him, but his spirit is there. But Ivan Reitman is there and everybody is in. Now whether the studio will do it, I’m the guy who sits by the phone and waits for the call. So if they call, I’ll answer. If not, I’ve got other stuff that I’m doing.’
It’s understood Sony Pictures has ‘concerns’ following the 2016 female Ghostbusters reboot, which was deemed a commercial flop.
However, Hudson reckons Aykroyd’s plans will bring the original gang back to modern day New York.
I ain’t afraid of no ghost: The new film will be the first not to feature Harold Ramis, who played the brains of the group Egon (far right) after he tragically passed in 2014
Fans of the 80s blockbuster were sent into a frenzy after Sony released a teaser trailer for the third film on Tuesday
Jason Reitman, whose father Ivan directed the first two hit movies, sent fans into a frenzy on Wednesday after tweeting a teaser trailer saying: ‘Everybody can relax, I found the car. #GB20’
Hudson admits that the Melissa McCarthy led movie did not capture the original ‘vibe or feeling’ of the first two films in the 1980s.
This year is the 35th anniversary of the original film, which Hudson admits is re-igniting old school fans.
He said Murray and Aykroyd have much to offer still for fans.
‘I think we do. We’ve grown, 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. And we’ll miss Harold.’
Hudson refused to go all out to bash the female reboot, but admitted it was not what fans hoped for.
‘Well I love the ladies who were a part of that movie. I’m a fan of all theirs. I think they did a wonderful job. I don’t quite think it was… there’s a vibe or feeling that Ghostbusters has; it was a little bit different.
‘It was uniquely theirs, which I guess it should have been, but I wanted to see something sort of extended from… This was a reboot.
‘I would like to have seen a movie that takes place 30 years into the future, which is where we are. So I loved it, I think they did a wonderful job, I enjoyed the movie, but I’d like to see us bring the real Ghostbusters, whatever that means.
A source revealed ‘Sony have the premise and idea’ but believe it is a gamble after the 2016 female reboot starring Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon, which was considered a commercial flop
A showbiz source also disclosed that Aykroyd – who played paranormal scientist Ray Stantz – is the driving force behind the new movie
‘No disrespect to Paul Feig and I enjoyed working with him, but I just think it was different.’
He added that the 35th anniversary of Ghostbusters would be a great time for a return and loves how fans celebrate daily.
‘Thirty five years, the fans for Ghostbusters are the most amazing fans, because this is not something that the studio really set up. This is something that the fans embraced.
‘I mean guys make their jumpsuits, and they turn their cars into Ectomobiles, and they tattoo us on their bodies, and I’m just overwhelmed and humbled by it. So 35th year and there’s talk of other possibilities happening, which I would love, but we’ll see. But it’s great to have been a part of that franchise.’
Ghostbusters failed to earn significant profits from its $229m revenue, after a production budget of $150m and huge marketing fees.
The 1984 first run banked almost $300m on a $30m fee, however, while the 1989 sequel turned in a healthy $215m with a $40m cost.
Hudson is loving life in the new TV series, The Family Business, which is based on The New York Times best-selling author Carl Weber’s most popular family crime drama series.
He says playing patriarch L.C. Duncan was a challenging role.
‘I don’t see him as dark as much as he has to do it his way. I trust people will step up, he doesn’t trust that. And that brings out the worst in people sometimes.
‘Family Business is popular and the response is amazing and I do have concerns that we are portraying things that I would not try.
‘This is a man who doesn’t have faith beyond his own abilities to make things happen.It is helpful to see that, and I wanted to do the show because of the family dynamic
‘The thing that is most dangerous in the world is how do we keep the family unit together in a healthy way. He makes some bad choices. And sometimes we can learn from the bad choices people make.’