It's been over 20 years since "Ghostbusters 2" came out in theaters, yet fans are still rooting for a third installment to hit the big screen. With "Ghostbusters 3" touch and go for the past couple years, actor Dan Aykroyd has given fans some hope in a recent interview with Esquire magazine.
The main reason for the delay in filming "Ghostbusters 3" can be chalked up to the script. Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, the writing minds behind "The Office" and "Bad Teacher," had initially come up with a draft for the third film. However, Aykroyd revealed to the magazine that Bill Murray was not a fan of the draft ("Absolutely not, I'm not in this").
The draft by Stupnitsky and Eisenberg had been two years ago, and because of Murray's reluctance, they ended up pulling "Men In Black 3" writer Etan Cohen in last summer.
Despite the initial setback, Aykroyd thinks that they have something good on the table now.
"I've worked on every draft in the last three years, as Ivan has, and now we have a story and a draft that everybody seems to agree would make the third movie," he told Esquire. At this point, I think we're closer than we ever have been."
While the final draft is still to be determined, the script has to be signed off by the partners and owner of the property, the picture company, director Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd and of course, Bill Murray. But that's where the twist comes in...
Despite Bill Murray channeling his "Ghostbusters" days in "Zombieland," reports have been circulating for quite awhile that the actor would not return for "Ghostbusters 3." And judging by Dan Aykroyd's interview, the chance of his return appears to be grim.
[Although this recent REPORT claims that Bill Murray is returning.]
"Two years ago he said, 'I don't want to be involved,'" Aykroyd revealed to Esquire. Since turning down that script from Stupnitsky and Eisenberg two years ago, Murray also gave up his rights to have any say in the franchise.
While "Ghostbusters 3" has a chance to move forward without Murray's "reluctance," Aykroyd did give fans a little hope for the return of Dr. Peter Venkman.
Although Aykroyd says that they have to move (or seriously, this film will never be made), they will always "leave a hole for him."
"He can always come back at any time and be rebuilt into it, as far as I'm concerned. That's up to his lawyer and the picture company to work out, but creatively, he will always be a part of it."
However, they initially had other plans for Murray in the film....having him return as a ghost!
"If I do this, I want to be dead, and I want to be a ghost," Aykroyd revealed of Murray's original plans. But unfortunately that was two years ago.
After all the back and forth drama surrounding "Ghostbusters 3," the movie execs have no plans on this film being the last one in the franchise. The script worked on by Cohen "totally leads to a next one," explained Aykroyd. "It feeds into it very organically."
Potential Plot Line
While the script for "Ghostbusters 3" is (hopefully) all set, fans did get a bit of a tease for the future. One word: Man-hell-ttan.
"Men-hell-ttan, and the Ghostbusters in hell, would be so solid, but we gotta get maybe one or two more before that," Aykroyd teased.
Believe it or not Dan Aykroyd is 60-years-old, Bill Murray is 62-years-old and Harold Ramis is 68-years-old. As Aykroyd explained, the sequel will feature "the next generation."
"I think we would have to hand it off to the young," he continued to Esquire. "It's gotta be funny, or it's not worth doing. It can be scary, it can be 'Ghostbusters,' it can be the new franchise, the new people, but if it's not funny ... Wait a minute, it started as a comedy. Let's make sure there's laughs and no laugh unturned and that we really make that our priority, to make it funny and exciting, but mainly funny."
Whatever does happen with the film, Dan Aykroyd predicts it will be a "nine-figure success"....and we definitely agree!
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