Ghostbusters 2020 Follows The Descendants Of Original Ghostbusters, Dan Aykroyd Confirms

Dan Aykroyd, Bill Mrray and Harold Ramis in Ghostbusters

Fans of the Ghostbusters franchise have been excited that a new movie is on the way that is set to continue the original franchise. However, it has yet to be officially revealed exactly how the new movie plans to do that. The details of how the new movie will tie into the original pair has not been confirmed but now producers Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman have added fuel to the idea that the film is set to follow the family of Egon Spengler.

The concept was born a couple of months ago, when a photo surfaced from the production of the new Ghostbusters movie, which showed the family that the film will focus on. Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, and McKenna Grace were together, and Grace especially, with her wire rim glasses, looked like a child version of Harold Ramis' character from the first two Ghostbusters films.

Recently, while checking out the new Ghostbusters attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights (via Fox News), Dan Aykroyd confirmed part of this theory, as the new movie will absolutely deal with descendants of the original Ghostbusters. According to Aykroyd...

Although the girls’ movie kept the concept and the ideas alive — and it was really good, they were great in it — it wasn’t like giving it to the new generation, the actual descendants of the original Ghostbusters. So we’re going to link to the DNA old and new there.

While Dan Aykroyd doesn't go so far as to confirm that the DNA in question belongs to Harold Ramis' Ghostbusters character, this statement., combined with the other evidence we have, would seem to strongly point things in that direction.

Of course, there was no indication that Egon Spengler, or any of the Ghostbusters had kids, but it's been 30 years since Ghostbusters 2, so it's certainly possible they all settled down after the last movie. It's possible the new movie could introduce us to the children, or even the grandchildren, of several of the original characters. While the movie might focus on the Spengler family, perhaps we could meet new generations of Stantz, Venkman, or Zedmore as well.

If not, it's fitting that Egon's family will be our POV characters. Since he's the one member of the original Ghostbusters who can't appear in the new movie himself, this will be a logical way to see his character represented.

The director of the first two Ghostbusters movies, and father of Jason Reitman, who is directing the new film, also went far enough to confirm the familial connection, but wouldn't go further than that.

I think it’s a wonderful story because people seem to continue to be interested in 35 years after we came out with the first one. And I think we’re trying to expand it a little bit. And I think Jason’s movie does that. This is a story about a family.

The new Ghostbusters film is set for release in 2020.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.