It’s probably one of the most anticipated films in movie history – at least since the first Terminator sequel went into production. Fans of the Ghostbusters will only have to wait about a year more for their beloved ghost hunters to come out of retirement, as star Dan Aykroyd has officially confirmed: “We will be doing the movie and hopefully with Mr. Murray.”
Bill Murray, who starred in the first two films, has vocally expressed concerns about previous proposed scripts and has matched wits with studio heads that seem to not have the best interest of the franchise in mind. The film, which already has a Ghostbusters 3 listing on the Internet Movie Database, will start shooting in Spring 2012, hopefully for a Holiday 2012 release.
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Aykroyd, who was recently interviewed on The Dennis Miller Radio Show, gave some interesting points of view, including some insight on who might star in the film. “The concept (of Ghostbusters) is much bigger than an individual role, and the promise of Ghostbusters 3 is that we get to hand the equipment and the franchise down to new blood.”
Bill Murray talks Ghostbusters 3 on David Letterman.
In the interview, Aykroyd was quick to speak to the possibility that his friend and fellow actor Bill Murray may not be along for the ride. “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.”
Aykroyd went on to reveal script details, including that his character, Ray Stanz, becomes blind in one eye, and due to a his physical condition, “can’t drive the Cadillac anymore.”
It’s no surprise that GB3 has taken this long to get made. Film production in general is a political and labor-intensive process. As far as the script goes, in one early version Aykroyd wrote, the Ghostbusters found themselves in Hell. It’s a unique take on the ghost-hunting formula, which even Murray has commented needs a fresher take.
Murray was actually more attracted to a script that had him becoming a zombie or possessed, and needing to be rescued by the Ghostbusters. It’s also been rumored that Sigourney Weaver’s child in the second film (named Oscar) would help take over the reigns as a new Ghostbuster. Everyone from Ashton Kuchter to Jesse Eisenberg has been attached to the role.
Dan Aykroyd has spent quite a bit of time working on a Ghostbuster sequel. Most recently, he helped game developers with a script for the incredibly successful video game Ghostbusters, which also featured the voices of Murray, Aykroyd and Ramis.
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