Dan Aykroyd is as sick and tired as you are when it comes to Ghostbusters 3. For years he’s been not only answering questions about the proposed film, but actually developing it for free in hopes one day it would get made. That’s all he wants, to get a movie made, and he’s had to constantly change his concept with new writers coming aboard and his co-star, Bill Murray, refusing to play ball.
Then, several months ago, it seemed like the film was ready to go. Things quickly cooled off and that seemed to be the final straw. Aykroyd has had it. He’s now publicly given Sony an ultimatum about making the film.
In an interview with Esquire, the co-creator, co-star and de-facto mouthpiece for the successful franchise not only calls for Sony to make the film now, or forever hold their peace, he talks about the scripts Office writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg did, the one by Etan Cohen, Bill Murray’s non-interest and potential ideas for sequels. Why would he talk about sequels to a movie that hasn’t been made yet? Because he all but guarantees a nine-figure hit if Sony makes the movie. The guy is on a marshmallow man fueled rampage and I love it. Read his quotes below.
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Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2012 by Angie Han
Could Ghostbusters 3 really, finally, at long last, be getting into gear? The long-awaited horror prequel was put in “suspended animation” earlier this year, but since this project never stays dead for long, it soon picked up a new writer to pen a fresh script. Now it looks like director Ivan Reitman, star Dan Aykroyd, and the studio are preparing to shoot next summer. More after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
The long-gestating Ghostbusters 3 got yet another new lease on life over this summer, when Sony hired Etan Cohen to give the script another rewrite. As of July, it looked like Cohen would be sticking with the same premise we’ve been hearing about for years now: “original castmembers Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson
and Bill Murray passing the torch to a new generation of ghostbusters.” We assumed that’d mean the old Ghostbusters would be on hand to teach the tricks of the trade to a new group of colleagues. But could the torch-passing be a reference to a remake instead?
In a recent interview, original director Ivan Reitman talked about getting Ghostbusters “remade.” In addition, the director expressed his worries about Triplets, the impending Twins sequel. Read his comments after the jump.
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Briefly: Here’s good news about Ghostbusters 3, at last: we can all stop thinking about it, because Dan Ayrkoyd has said that Bill Murray definitely won’t be a part of the sequel. The actor told Metro “No, I can tell you [Murray] won’t be involved,” when asked about the return of the original Peter Venkman. Otherwise, everything else is as it was with respect to the ghost-bustin’ sequel.
Ayroyd says “we’ve got a brilliant new writer on it and we’ll be passing the torch on to a new generation. We’re working on it to make it just right to satisfy our fans. I’m confident we’ll be in production in the next year… We’ve tried a few concepts which weren’t right but now we’ve got a good structure and will make it happen.”
Murray was the holdout for a long time in the film’s last couple years of development, when producers and Aykroyd were working with a now-scrapped script by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg (The Office, Year One). Even without that script, however, Murray is the one who seems to be remaining sensible about the chances of the film turning out well. Good luck to the rest of the believers.
Posted on Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
Ghostbusters 3‘s ability to roar back from all-but-certain death is getting to be downright supernatural. After years of on-again, off-again development, Dan Aykroyd finally acknowledged back in February that the film was in “suspended animation.” But Bill Murray (who, it should be noted, has previously been the holdout) set the rumor mill churning again by refusing to rule out the possibility and saying “we’ll try again” to bring the project to life. Indeed, just weeks after he made that comment, news broke that a new writing staff had been hired to try again with the script.
Today, we’ve learned that the scribe tapped to work on the screenplay is none other than Etan Cohen, who most recently worked on the late-arriving threequel for another Sony action-comedy franchise, Men in Black 3. Yes, that’s Etan Cohen, not Ethan Coen, if there was any confusion. Read more details after the jump.
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It’s a vicious cycle: as long as there is suffering, people will want to drink. As long as people want to drink, Dan Aykroyd will sell them Crystal Skull Vodka. As long as Aykroyd sells vodka, people will ask him about Ghostbusters III. And every time someone talks about Ghostbusters III, others suffer.
The last we’d heard about the sequel that has probably been the subject of more conversation than the production of the first two films combined was that Bill Murray didn’t like the script by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (The Office, Year One), which had probably been rolled around like an old tire, and that the project was in suspended animation. Then, last month, David Letterman asked Murray about the film, and the reluctant actor said they would try again. And evidently a new script is in the works now. Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 11th, 2012 by Angie Han
After years of Ghostbusters 3 talk, Dan Aykroyd finally admitted back in February that the project was in “suspended animation,” due in a large part to his former co-star Bill Murray‘s reluctance to get involved. But rumors of a potential sequel refuse to die, and surprisingly, Murray himself hasn’t exactly been firm about putting them down.
Earlier this spring, he acknowledged that Ghostbusters 3 was “a possibility,” though he wouldn’t elaborate further, and a few days ago, he told David Letterman that “well try again” to get a script together. But don’t hold your breath — Murray still doesn’t seem all that eager to dive in, so the likelihood of cameras rolling in the near future are still very slim. Read his comments after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
Every time I think the whole back-and-forth about Bill Murray and Ghostbusters 3 is finally drawing to a close, somehow it comes roaring back again. This time, Murray is the one who’s not ruling out the possibility, however small, of his involvement. Also after the jump:
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- A revealing new pic of Spock in Star Trek 2
- Maggie Grace talks about Taken 2, again
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