Dan Aykroyd talks Ghostbusters 3

Says they've hired new writers

Poor old Dan Aykroyd. Despite lukewarm responses from the fans and a thoroughly frosty one from Bill Murray, he's still desperate to bring Ghostbusters 3 to the big screen.

The last we heard concerning the project was Bill Murray expressing his scepticism on Letterman last month. "They just don't have a really good script," he said. "It's hard. Even the second Ghostbusters wasn't as much fun for me as the first one. It's hard to make a sequel."

That said, Murray did add the caveat that, "we'll try again," and it seems that Aykroyd is prepared to do just that, with the announcement that a new writing team has come on board to replace Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky.

"We've got a new writing staff working on it now," confirmed Aykroyd. "It's got to be perfect. That's the whole thing. There's no point in doing it unless it's perfect. So that's what we're up to now."

On a positive note, it's good that Aykroyd has recognised the first script wasn't up to scratch, and it's also good that Murray hasn't totally written off the possibility of his involvement. On the other hand, it sounds as though there's still a hell of a lot of work to be done before this one ever sees the light of day…

Do you want to see a third Ghostbusters film? Tell us, below...


    • ilikescifi

      Jul 3rd 2012, 8:28

      why don't they try making a test sequence like Tron to gauge a reaction? i'd welcome a lo-fi-esque comedy. so many reboots and sequels are trying to be epic and implode under the weight of expectation

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jul 3rd 2012, 8:58

      The second one was quite bad and I think it actually falls into ilikescifi's (perfectly put) argument about reboots and sequels. I almost wouldn't go and see a third one simply down to Aykroyd's desperation in getting it made.

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    • NickyC

      Jul 3rd 2012, 9:04

      I'd like to see a third movie, if they have a perfect script. I've never liked the second one. It had sequelitis to a certain extent. A lot of it was 'more of the same' which we don't need, and then the plot itself was too cluttered, mashing the story of little Oscar with the mood slime and Louis & Janine getting together and the repeat of the 'will they/won't they' plot between Peter and Dana. Plus, they missed a trick by having the Ghostbusters control the Statue of Liberty. If she had been controlled by Vigo, then that would have been a badass opponent, instead of an (admittedly cool) way to get across town. The new one needs to be totally different and unapologetic, by which I mean not rebooting or getting in new, young Ghostbusters. The crew have changed, become older, moved on in certain ways and the new story should reflect that and celebrate it, instead of trying to cover it up. A summer tentpole movie lead by wise-cracking middle-aged fat guys would be a refreshing change, don't you think?

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    • Dazman1975

      Jul 3rd 2012, 9:10

      The amount of films that have been let down by its sequels are plentiful from the matrix sequels to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the crystal skull which still hurts me to this day. but I’m a glutton for punishment and by looking at it there at least trying to get it right rather than just cash in on what would be the box office smash of whatever year it decides to grace our screens but it could work Rocky Balboa being the perfect example of a film rectifying a wrong in the form of Rocky 5 so in truth I’m a glutton for punishment and would like to see a Ghostbusters 3 and pray that they hit the right notes!

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    • CaptainCrazy

      Jul 3rd 2012, 9:13

      This is all becoming one big cacktease, isn't it? I would rather wait for the perfect script than get lumped with a Ghostbusters 2. Ghostbusters: OAPs on Patrol has a nice ring to it.

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    • ilikescifi

      Jul 3rd 2012, 9:27

      what if they got old, and sloppy, and one died and then became a ghost? would he become a ghostghostbuster or go proghost or go into exile (in Dana's fridge)

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    • FBGHealy

      Jul 3rd 2012, 11:25

      I'd love to see a film with Ackroyd, Murray, Ramis, Moranis and Weaver in it. But I dont think a Ghostbusters sequel will work very well. They should make an entirely new film with new characters about something else.

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    • SiMan

      Jul 3rd 2012, 12:52

      Just get Wes Anderson to write and direct it. That'll get Murray onboard.

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    • demmike

      Jul 3rd 2012, 13:21

      Forget Ghostbusters 3. I'm all about Ghostbusters 4!

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    • FibonacciRules

      Jul 3rd 2012, 17:56

      Dan Aykroyd is doing his reputation a great disservice by prolonging this Ghostbusters III nonsense. I think he does it intentionally to fail, just to have an alternate source of PR for his vodka. Why would he hold so firmly to a progect that depends so much on the participation of just one cast member when he could channel all this energy to a very easily produced and well received Blues Brothers sequel or spin-off? I know for a fact, from my industry contacts that there is a wonderful Blues Brothers script readily available by someone who is even on Twitter. It is very difficult to take Dan Aykroyd seriously when he does such career suicide. He should be very careful not to keep beating a dead horse.

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    • Ali1748

      Jul 3rd 2012, 20:03

      Didn't Dan take the hint when Bill Murray bailed ?

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    • MoodyMonkey

      Jul 3rd 2012, 20:54

      When Bill's on board, I'm on board.

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    • alexr

      Jul 4th 2012, 10:33

      I'd have the old guard take a back seat in GB3 and hand the reigns over to a new, younger crew who become cocky and arrogant due to their newfound fame. The new guys go up against an ancient 'Gozer-like' demon and are killed - leaving the old guard to come out of retirement and save the day (cue music "Savin The Day"), but then the dead team return as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse - leading into GB4 perhaps...

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    • alexr

      Jul 4th 2012, 10:59

      OR, Murray's character might go a bit insane and have to be properly committed - wherin he discovers that his nursing home actually contains a portal to the spirit plane that was left open after someone tried to use a 'insert macguffin of choice here' to contact their lost lover...The team go to Hell, not all of them come back. One last Hurrah for the boys in grey.

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