Dan Aykroyd Praises New Ghostbusters

While the debate over the merits of the upcoming Ghostbusters remake continues, one voice has emerged offering a positive opinion of the new film: co-creator Dan Aykroyd.

Aykroyd, along with Saturday Night Live cohort John Belushi, developed the project before Belushi's death. Originally envisioned as a comedy in which a couple of blue-collar "Ghostmashers" travel through time to deal with paranormal threats, the idea evolved into the film co-written by Aykroyd's Second City pal Harold Ramis and directed by Ivan Reitman.

But posting to his Facebook page yesterday, Aykroyd praised the new film, directed by Paul Feig, as having "more laughs and more scares than the first 2 films." He was also impressed to see original star Bill Murray make an appearance.

His statement in full follows:

Some of his followers are less than pleased with his statement, but it remains to be seen if Aykroyd is correct about the film, which opens on July 15th.