Original "Ghostbusters" co-star and co-writer Dan Aykroyd has given his blessing to a highly publicized reboot of the franchise featuring four female comedians in the lead roles. “The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbuters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy," Aykroyd wrote in a statement to msnbc. "My great grandfather, Dr. Sam Aykroyd, the original Ghostbuster, was a man who empowered women in his day and this is a beautiful development in the legacy of our family business.” On Tuesday, the new project's director Paul Feig, who also directed "Bridesmaids," sparked a social media explosion when he tweeted the images of four stars circling a new "Ghostbusters" film: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. Reaction was overwhelmingly positive, save for a few male tweeters who accused the film's production company, Sony, of "pandering" to feminists by changing the gender makeup of the classic comedy. Aykroyd, who has been trying to get a third "Ghostbusters" film off the ground featuring the original cast members, has not said whether he will have any involvement in the Feig project.
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