Poor old Dan Aykroyd. He’s been talking about a third Ghostbusters movie for longer than we can remember, and yet the project remains very much at the development stage.
However, a recent radio interview (picked up by ComingSoon) suggests that things might finally be on the move.
“Yes, we will be doing the movie and hopefully with Mr. Murray,” he says, when asked whether the original Peter Venkman would be returning.
“We have an excellent script. What we have to remember is that Ghostbusters is bigger than any one component, although Billy was absolutely the lead and [contributed] to it in a massive way, as [did] the director and Harold [Ramis], myself and Sigourney [Weaver].
“The concept is much larger than any individual role,” he continues, “and the promise of Ghostbusters 3 is that we get to hand the equipment and the franchise down to new blood.”
Aykroyd wasn’t forthcoming on just who that young blood might be played by, but he did have a few tidbits of plot information to share.
“My character, Ray, is now blind in one eye and can’t drive the Cadillac,” he says. “He’s got a bad knee and can’t carry the packs. Egon is too large to get into the harness. We need young blood and that’s the promise. We’re gonna hand it to a new generation.”
Previous reports had confirmed that Dana Barrett’s son will feature as one of the new Ghostbusters, whilst Venkman’s reappearance may well be as a ghost. Presumably, if Murray refuses to commit, that part will be non-pivotal enough to phase out altogether.
Fingers crossed Aykroyd can persuade his old chum to make one last appearance. To be honest, we’re not sure how much we’d want to see another Ghostbusters film if Murray wasn’t involved in a significant role...
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