1999 – Dan’s first draft
Aykroyd’s idea posits Hell as a parallel New York (Manhellton, anyone?) facing a serious overcrowding problem.
In order to sort things out, the devil – here a Donald Trump-style mogul named Siffler who rules the place- starts sending evil souls back to reality.
Our heroes must journey to the underworld in order to stop Siffler’s evil plans.
Aykroyd and Harold Ramis had come up with a new concept for Ghostbusters, one designed to smoothly introduce a new team of young, thrusting ‘Busters who could carry the franchise weight from then on while keeping fans happy with liberal doses of the original crew.
According to Ramis, they know what they want to do: “Our dream plan is that Danny and I would produce it, I would direct it, and we would recruit some newer, younger, popular Ghostbusters to star.
Amongst the names rumoured at one time or another across the years? Ben Stiller, Chris Farley and Chris Rock. Actual truth to any of 'em? Zero.