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Dan Aykroyd says a true Ghostbusters 3 could still happen

02.20.2015

When the official word came down to the cast of Paul Feig's all-female GHOSTBUSTERS film, fans of the original movies wept for the end of their beloved horror-comedy franchise. After false starts for twenty-six years, it seemed the Ivan Reitman-directed series would end after two films. But, if the ever hopeful Dan Aykroyd is right, all hope may not be lost for GHOSTBUSTERS 3.

During an interview on Sirius XM radio, Akyroyd indicated that there are still plans for a direct sequel to the films he starred in.

“Oh I’ve written… well, we have…I’ve written, well, there’s three drafts of the old concept that exists. And we’re going to be able to salvage some of it and use it. Yeah, we’re gonna be able to use it some day. Let’s get this one made and that will reinvigorate the franchise and then we’ll go on to maybe doing a more conventional third sequel as we were planning and another idea I have for it.”

Aykroyd went on to say that he still sees GHOSTBUSTERS 3 as the "next generation" movie we have been hearing about for several years now. With Ivan Reitman no longer involved and Harold Ramis having passed away in recent years, it would likely fall to Akyroyd, Ernie Hudson, and hopefully Bill Murray to make it work.

But, don't get the wrong impression of Feig's GHOSTBUSTERS. Aykroyd has positive things to say about it.

“I can tell you, as the originator,” Dan said “I’m very happy with what he’s done. It’s very tasteful. And it needed a reworking. The thing needed a new engine. You know? It needed new exhaust. It needed new steering. And this is what we’re getting…a great great script from Paul Feig which we will work on and make better.”

It is nice to hear that GHOSTBUSTERS gets the seal of approval from Akyroyd, but I would take his ideas for GHOSTBUSTERS 3 with a grain of salt. if the new reboot works, it would likely be too confusing to have a sequel released for a conflicting take on the franchise. The only way I could see it working would be if they incorporated the parallel universe idea into the movie and had the old and new teams cross-over.

For now, we can look forward to seeing just how well Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones can pull off being GHOSTBUSTERS when it hits theaters on July 22, 2016.

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12:50PM on 02/21/2015

Here's the key to continuing the Ghostbusters franchise

It lies in a line of dialogue from Peter Vinkman, "The franchise rights alone will make us rich beyond our wildest dreams."

So while it would be more desirable to produce a transitional film first, with the elder Ghostbusters teaching a new generation, in order to pass on the torch, ultimately this new incarnation could have a much better chance of success and acceptance, if they merely place it in the existing universe as another city's Ghostbusters "franchise." This way, they're pretty
It lies in a line of dialogue from Peter Vinkman, "The franchise rights alone will make us rich beyond our wildest dreams."

So while it would be more desirable to produce a transitional film first, with the elder Ghostbusters teaching a new generation, in order to pass on the torch, ultimately this new incarnation could have a much better chance of success and acceptance, if they merely place it in the existing universe as another city's Ghostbusters "franchise." This way, they're pretty much free to go in any direction they want, while simultaneously not rewriting over the originals, and retaining the ability to place original characters/actors in any future "franchises" or direct sequels they may decide to produce. You might even get Murray willing to play a sleazy CEO of the national Ghostbusters corporation.

By making this a complete reboot they're really just limiting their options and pissing off the existing fan base in the process. Very unwise.
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9:21AM on 02/21/2015
Ghostbusters - Harold Ramis = not a TRUE Ghostbusters...
Ghostbusters - Harold Ramis = not a TRUE Ghostbusters...
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7:00AM on 02/21/2015
Problem is this unconventional sequel will not reinvigorate the franchise because this is not what the fans want. So, your more conventional sequel will be dead in the water. I know Dan has no more pull in Hollywood and just wants some semblance of relevance being involved, but Ghostbusters should be sacred and if you can't do it right do not tarnish it further. Somebody said it best this is turning into a bad SNL skit.
Problem is this unconventional sequel will not reinvigorate the franchise because this is not what the fans want. So, your more conventional sequel will be dead in the water. I know Dan has no more pull in Hollywood and just wants some semblance of relevance being involved, but Ghostbusters should be sacred and if you can't do it right do not tarnish it further. Somebody said it best this is turning into a bad SNL skit.
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6:29AM on 02/21/2015
Go home Dan Aykroyd, you are drunk!
Go home Dan Aykroyd, you are drunk!
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4:29AM on 02/21/2015

For the record

The original script of Ghostbusters 2 was to be set several years after the first one with a new group of Ghostbusters. The studio didn't want this. The studio wanted a movie that was just like the first because the first one made money. So what he is saying is that there already multiple versions of the original Ghostbuster 2 script, no doubt all versions that the studio passed on before Dan Aykroyd was able to give them a script they were willing to green light, and that any one of the
The original script of Ghostbusters 2 was to be set several years after the first one with a new group of Ghostbusters. The studio didn't want this. The studio wanted a movie that was just like the first because the first one made money. So what he is saying is that there already multiple versions of the original Ghostbuster 2 script, no doubt all versions that the studio passed on before Dan Aykroyd was able to give them a script they were willing to green light, and that any one of the scripts he had written before could become Ghostbusters 4.
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4:23AM on 02/21/2015

I don't get it.

People take the piss out of Dan Aykroyd because he came up with the original idea for Ghostbusters and now wants to make money from it (seeing as how he isn't in demand anymore as an actor or writer). That seems silly to me. Do people here take the piss out of George Lucas, the originator of the Star Wars saga? Oh, yeah, they do. Do people here take the piss out of Avi Arad, the main producer for the X-Men and Spider-Man series? Oh, yeah, they do. You guys would probably take the piss out
People take the piss out of Dan Aykroyd because he came up with the original idea for Ghostbusters and now wants to make money from it (seeing as how he isn't in demand anymore as an actor or writer). That seems silly to me. Do people here take the piss out of George Lucas, the originator of the Star Wars saga? Oh, yeah, they do. Do people here take the piss out of Avi Arad, the main producer for the X-Men and Spider-Man series? Oh, yeah, they do. You guys would probably take the piss out of Walt Disney if he were still alive: people would hate him because of Pixar's Cars and Planes. Everything would be his fault. People are lucky to die when they do before the internet tarnishes their memory,

Seriously, you guys are like little spoiled brats! Don't accuse these people of "raping [your] childhood" because most of you obviously weren't around when Star Wars and Ghostbusters first came out and, for those of you who were. these people MADE your childhood.
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6:55AM on 02/21/2015
I don't get it either. What the hell does take the piss out mean?
I don't get it either. What the hell does take the piss out mean?
9:53AM on 02/21/2015
While I agree they are treating Aykroyd unfairly over this, I'd argue that Lucas has earned his scorn. Not for making Phantom Menace, or Attack of the Clones, or Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls, but all that together with his antagonistic approach to his fan-base, and the fact he's filthy rich off it, and still acts like a misunderstood artist who never got his due. Still grateful to the man for what he gave us way back when.

Walt Disney was no saint, either. Just because someone is
While I agree they are treating Aykroyd unfairly over this, I'd argue that Lucas has earned his scorn. Not for making Phantom Menace, or Attack of the Clones, or Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls, but all that together with his antagonistic approach to his fan-base, and the fact he's filthy rich off it, and still acts like a misunderstood artist who never got his due. Still grateful to the man for what he gave us way back when.

Walt Disney was no saint, either. Just because someone is successful, and did good work in the past, doesn't mean they get a free pass. I would never stoop to claiming my childhood has been raped by ANYONE. Even the cash-in remakes. And I respect the hell out of people who contributed to my childhood memories. But that doesn't make them untouchable in the present.
7:35PM on 02/21/2015
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2:13AM on 02/21/2015

No need to read this article.

F*ck you Dan Aykroyd!
F*ck you Dan Aykroyd!
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5:52AM on 02/21/2015
Ooook.....
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11:29PM on 02/20/2015
There is obviously more negative than positive everywhere bout this movie and the studios are now seeing it and its too late ...so maybe this plan "b"
There is obviously more negative than positive everywhere bout this movie and the studios are now seeing it and its too late ...so maybe this plan "b"
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9:05PM on 02/20/2015
It's dead Jim.
It's dead Jim.
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8:18PM on 02/20/2015
I was under the impression that this WAS going to be Ghostbusters 3. Oh well. I can't see GB3 happening then, unless this new one does extremely well. But if Feig's GB isn't GB3, then wth are they going to call it? Ghostbusters with Women?
I was under the impression that this WAS going to be Ghostbusters 3. Oh well. I can't see GB3 happening then, unless this new one does extremely well. But if Feig's GB isn't GB3, then wth are they going to call it? Ghostbusters with Women?
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7:43PM on 02/20/2015
Guarantee you this is how Paul Feig's script reads "Kristin says something awkward, Kate makes a weird face, Melissa slips and falls in slime (ITS FUNNY CUZ SHE'S FAT!!!!), Leslie yells something!"
Say what you will about Aykroyd's most likely terrible GB3 script but atleast he is writing one. The reason the movie was tied up so long was because Aykroyd was trying to fix the script and make it the best movie possible. Paul Feig is a total hack who believes that you can improvise your whole
Guarantee you this is how Paul Feig's script reads "Kristin says something awkward, Kate makes a weird face, Melissa slips and falls in slime (ITS FUNNY CUZ SHE'S FAT!!!!), Leslie yells something!"
Say what you will about Aykroyd's most likely terrible GB3 script but atleast he is writing one. The reason the movie was tied up so long was because Aykroyd was trying to fix the script and make it the best movie possible. Paul Feig is a total hack who believes that you can improvise your whole movie and it'll be funny. Seriously I bet there isn't even any dialogue in his scripts, just blank spaces where someone will hopefully say something funny.
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7:40PM on 02/20/2015
It's over man. Let it go.
It's over man. Let it go.
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6:31PM on 02/20/2015
Leslie Jones is 1 of, if not THE WORST cast member in the history of SNL. Her yelling her way through her lines is enough to keep me away from this flick at all costs.
Leslie Jones is 1 of, if not THE WORST cast member in the history of SNL. Her yelling her way through her lines is enough to keep me away from this flick at all costs.
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6:11PM on 02/20/2015
Sometimes a crappy sequel/reboot leads into a worthy sequel/update. We had to get through Schumacher's Batman films to get Nolan's. Burton's unsuccessful Planet of the Apes gave way to Rise/Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. I'm hoping Feig's film will bomb, and the powers at be reconsider this approach and create a better version that is more in line with what fans want from the series.
Sometimes a crappy sequel/reboot leads into a worthy sequel/update. We had to get through Schumacher's Batman films to get Nolan's. Burton's unsuccessful Planet of the Apes gave way to Rise/Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. I'm hoping Feig's film will bomb, and the powers at be reconsider this approach and create a better version that is more in line with what fans want from the series.
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6:32PM on 02/20/2015
That is actually a really solid theory! I never even thought of it like that... agree 100%
That is actually a really solid theory! I never even thought of it like that... agree 100%
9:18PM on 02/20/2015
Like SkyNet said, that is a solid theory! I hope it will really be like you said. Fingers crossed.
Like SkyNet said, that is a solid theory! I hope it will really be like you said. Fingers crossed.
5:17PM on 02/20/2015

I'm loving this comment...

from Dan: "And this is what we’re getting…a great great script from Paul Feig which we will work on and make better.”
you mean... its a GREAT GREAT script NOW... and you want to rewrite it again so that you can make a GREAT GREAT script even BETTER? Really? Better?
typical Hollywood.... too many cooks in the kitchen... just make the GREAT GREAT script.... it doesnt need your tampering to "make it better"
from Dan: "And this is what we’re getting…a great great script from Paul Feig which we will work on and make better.”
you mean... its a GREAT GREAT script NOW... and you want to rewrite it again so that you can make a GREAT GREAT script even BETTER? Really? Better?
typical Hollywood.... too many cooks in the kitchen... just make the GREAT GREAT script.... it doesnt need your tampering to "make it better"
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5:15PM on 02/20/2015
Women catching ghosts is not really "conventional"? Seems a bit weird and sexist.
I don't need a third GB movie. GB2 was a good ending.
Women catching ghosts is not really "conventional"? Seems a bit weird and sexist.
I don't need a third GB movie. GB2 was a good ending.
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4:16PM on 02/20/2015
Time to throw in the towel, Dan.
Time to throw in the towel, Dan.
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4:06PM on 02/20/2015
I'm hopeful that some day we will get a deservedly long-awaited Ghostbusters 3 but I think at this point Dan Akroyd just glad that the new Ghostbusters movie is Finally off the ground. If it turns out this new all-girl Ghostbusters deviates too much from previous two movies, he might get a chance to use his take for the script.
I'm hopeful that some day we will get a deservedly long-awaited Ghostbusters 3 but I think at this point Dan Akroyd just glad that the new Ghostbusters movie is Finally off the ground. If it turns out this new all-girl Ghostbusters deviates too much from previous two movies, he might get a chance to use his take for the script.
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3:57PM on 02/20/2015
Way to toe the company line, Dan.
Way to toe the company line, Dan.
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3:45PM on 02/20/2015
Just come out and say the new idea is shit... you're thinking it, Dan. Don't lie.
Just come out and say the new idea is shit... you're thinking it, Dan. Don't lie.
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3:44PM on 02/20/2015
"a great great script from Paul Feig which we will work on and make better"

A great, great script that still needs to be worked on and improved? Yup.
"a great great script from Paul Feig which we will work on and make better"

A great, great script that still needs to be worked on and improved? Yup.
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3:38PM on 02/20/2015
Dan Aykroyd: "something something Ghostbusters!!!"
Dan Aykroyd: "something something Ghostbusters!!!"
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3:32PM on 02/20/2015
I think is safe to say that Dan Aykroyd lost his mind when they took the franchise away from his hands,
the whole chick cast doesn't appeal to me nor their sense of humor
I think is safe to say that Dan Aykroyd lost his mind when they took the franchise away from his hands,
the whole chick cast doesn't appeal to me nor their sense of humor
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3:27PM on 02/20/2015

It's sounds like Dan is exhausted from trying to get GB3 started, but who can blame him for fighting for the franchise he loves?

This reads like Dan's running low on fuel and support at getting GB3 started. It's inevitable at this point, it will not happen, and it sounds like Dan knows it to be true but he just doesn't want to admit it. I see GB3 as Dan's last thrill ride in Hollywood and he wants it bad, to let his ideas for GB3 die is like letting a part of himself die.
If we are in fact stuck with another Ghostbusters film, I'd rather have it be GB3 sequel with the original cast rather than a reboot with an SNL
This reads like Dan's running low on fuel and support at getting GB3 started. It's inevitable at this point, it will not happen, and it sounds like Dan knows it to be true but he just doesn't want to admit it. I see GB3 as Dan's last thrill ride in Hollywood and he wants it bad, to let his ideas for GB3 die is like letting a part of himself die.
If we are in fact stuck with another Ghostbusters film, I'd rather have it be GB3 sequel with the original cast rather than a reboot with an SNL female cast to do what sounds more like an SNL spoof skit than an actually horror comedy film.
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3:16PM on 02/20/2015
Honestly, all Ghostbusters news is starting to make me ill. I'm optimistic about Feig's movie, even if it isn't a "true" Ghostbusters movie. I'd probably still enjoy a return of the surviving members of the old Ghostbusters IF they could move beyond the theoretical stage. I've learned not to put much stock in anything Aykroyd says these days, which is kind of sad in its own way. Except for when he talks about that Super Bass-O-Matic. I have complete faith in that thing.
Honestly, all Ghostbusters news is starting to make me ill. I'm optimistic about Feig's movie, even if it isn't a "true" Ghostbusters movie. I'd probably still enjoy a return of the surviving members of the old Ghostbusters IF they could move beyond the theoretical stage. I've learned not to put much stock in anything Aykroyd says these days, which is kind of sad in its own way. Except for when he talks about that Super Bass-O-Matic. I have complete faith in that thing.
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2:46PM on 02/20/2015

There is already a Ghostbusters 3

And it's called, Ghostbusters: The Video Game. When it first came out Dan Aykroyd stated it was essentially Ghostbusters 3 and 100% canon. If there are going to be sequels, I would love for it to consider the game canon, with franchises popping up in other cities. You could have a new city with new Ghostbusters, and when they get in over their heads they call the originals to assist.
And it's called, Ghostbusters: The Video Game. When it first came out Dan Aykroyd stated it was essentially Ghostbusters 3 and 100% canon. If there are going to be sequels, I would love for it to consider the game canon, with franchises popping up in other cities. You could have a new city with new Ghostbusters, and when they get in over their heads they call the originals to assist.
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3:12PM on 02/20/2015
Amen to the video game.
Amen to the video game.
5:05AM on 02/21/2015
I never played the game but it sound like it was based on his original script to Ghostbusters 2.
I never played the game but it sound like it was based on his original script to Ghostbusters 2.
2:43PM on 02/20/2015

The all girl cast GB movie will KILL THE FRANCHISE

After the next one bombs, there will be no more love for the series and nobody will want a new movie (even with original cast)

Just let the series rest in peace. Harold Ramis is turning in his grave because of all the bad things happening to his beloved Ghostbuster franchise.
After the next one bombs, there will be no more love for the series and nobody will want a new movie (even with original cast)

Just let the series rest in peace. Harold Ramis is turning in his grave because of all the bad things happening to his beloved Ghostbuster franchise.
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2:42PM on 02/20/2015
It feels like he has no idea what to do anymore regarding this film or the franchise altogether.
It feels like he has no idea what to do anymore regarding this film or the franchise altogether.
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2:49PM on 02/20/2015
He does sound a bit all over the place.
He does sound a bit all over the place.
3:21PM on 02/20/2015
I agree. This reads like he's running low on fuel to getting GB3 started. It's inevitable at this point, it will not happen, and it sounds like Dan knows it to be true but he just doesn't want to admit it. I see GB3 as Dan's last thrill ride in Hollywood and he wants it bad, to let his ideas for GB3 die is like letting a part of himself die.
I agree. This reads like he's running low on fuel to getting GB3 started. It's inevitable at this point, it will not happen, and it sounds like Dan knows it to be true but he just doesn't want to admit it. I see GB3 as Dan's last thrill ride in Hollywood and he wants it bad, to let his ideas for GB3 die is like letting a part of himself die.
2:37PM on 02/20/2015
This is all just hurting my head. I am so confused now about what the hell is going on with this movie. Although it seems Dano doesn't either
This is all just hurting my head. I am so confused now about what the hell is going on with this movie. Although it seems Dano doesn't either
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2:36PM on 02/20/2015
Best part of this article is the title. "A TRUE Ghostbusters 3." Damn straight.
Best part of this article is the title. "A TRUE Ghostbusters 3." Damn straight.
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2:41PM on 02/20/2015
Won't be a TRUE Ghostbusters film without the great Harold Ramis.
Won't be a TRUE Ghostbusters film without the great Harold Ramis.
2:35PM on 02/20/2015

Did I miss something?

Ivan Reitman is still alive, right?
Ivan Reitman is still alive, right?
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2:43PM on 02/20/2015
Yes he is. I'm hoping that it was just a typo or something, but he is alive and well. He passed on directing the new Ghostbusters movie because of Harold Ramis's death, so maybe that is what was meant.
Yes he is. I'm hoping that it was just a typo or something, but he is alive and well. He passed on directing the new Ghostbusters movie because of Harold Ramis's death, so maybe that is what was meant.
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