Guess what guys – Dan Aykroyd is talking about Ghostbusters 3! It’s been like... weeks since that last happened.
Sorry for the sarcasm, but after years of stories and false starts, many of us are tired of writing about Ghostbusters 3. Aykroyd keeps hammering away at it, though – and in his latest move, he’s basically challenged Sony to make the film happen – with or without Bill Murray.
Aykroyd threw down the gauntlet in a recent interview with Esquire magazine, wherein he also assured readers that a third Ghostbusters film will generate a “nine-figure return” for the studio. That seems pretty optimistic for a franchise that’s been dead in the water for decades, but stranger things have certainly happened.
Aykroyd broke it all down in the following quote:
“And now’s the time to tell the picture company, and I’d say this quite publicly, it’s time now to sit down and make this movie, or you will lose your main principals, and you won’t be able to make it without us, because we have rights, and now is time to make the movie… You don’t take advantage of that in the next three or four months, I’ll see you in Australia, where we’ll be selling Crystal Head [vodka].”
That’s a threat and a half – make my movie or you’ll find me selling vodka in Australia. Not sure that’s going to give him the leverage he wants…
The rest of the article is also filled with interesting tidbits about the potential future of the franchise, Murray’s involvement, and who will get credit for the script. You really should check out the full piece, but here are some of the highlights:
- The new version of the script will involve passing the torch to new Ghostbusters and is built on the earlier drafts from Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, so they should get some sort of credit.
- Aykroyd is always open to bringing Bill Murray back into the fold, but believes that the actor abrogated his rights to script approval after his third or fourth pass on a submitted script (that could get interesting legally if Murray doesn’t agree…)
- Aykroyd has plans for sequels already in the works – including Man-Hell-Attan, which would find the Ghostbusters in Hell. At the rate this series moves forward, we can probably not start worrying about that until 2050 or so.
As always, we’ll have to wait and see what happens next in this twisted tale. I’m with Aykroyd on at least one point – if Sony really wants to make this thing, it’s time to get it rolling. The main cast isn’t getting any younger and there’s apathy amongst fans as this whole saga drags on interminably. We’re not completely opposed to a Ghostbusters 3 – we’re just tired of stories every few months saying, “Guys, seriously, this time it’s really going to happen.” Are you guys there too, or are you so excited about the idea of the Ghostbusters coming back for another adventure that you’ll gladly wait another decade for everyone to agree on how to make it happen?