- 20 May 2009
- By John Howell
More news about the new Ghostbusters movie we reported earlier. In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Dan Aykroyd revealed that the third Ghostbusters movie could start filming soon. He said that all the original cast have now signed on, including Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and of course Aykroyd himself.
Having Bill Murray onboard was crucial, said Aykroyd. Apparently Murray holds a one-fifth controlling interest in the Ghostbusters franchise. He played down Murray’s reluctance to commit to a third movie.
“I've been very busy. Harold's been busy, Ivan's been busy. And a third script really didn't coalesce properly,” said Aykroyd. “And Billy, you can't blame an artist for not wanting to do the same thing again. He did two of them, for God's sake. Although I'm the biggest cheerleader as the originator of the concept but I've never begrudged Billy not doing a third movie. I never said he held it up or that he refused. Hey, listen, he's an artist. You can't force somebody into it. I'm sorry he never read my third draft because I thought it was pretty good but, look, now we're at a point that there's a story that he can accept and that's going to work, and I think we're going to be in production fairly soon. We could be in production by winter."
The new screenplay is by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, the writers of the new Jack Black movie, Year One, directed by Ghostbuster Harold Ramis.
Aykroyd would like to see Ivan Reitman or Harold Ramis direct and is hoping to introduce a new generation Ghostbusters team with female members.
"I'd like it to be a passing-of-the-torch movie. Let's revisit the old characters briefly and happily and have them there as family but let's pass it on to a new generation,” he said.
I’m not sure if I like the idea of them introducing a “new generation” of Ghostbusters. Replacing the original cast with a younger comic team could easily fall flat. Still, it will be good see the original team together on screen again, even if it is only for one last time.
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