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Dan Aykroyd shares the latest on Ghostbusters 3 and 4

Dec. 5, 2012by: Alex Maidy

You read that right, people. Despite the incredible obstacles in the path to GHOSTBUSTERS 3 actually becoming a reality, Dan Aykroyd recently lent credence to the possibility of GHOSTBUSTERS 4.

In an interview with Esquire which focused almost entirely on GHOSTBUSTERS 3, Aykroyd was asked about whether the third film is still following the long rumored plot that has our heroes going to Hell.

Man-hell-ttan, and the Ghostbusters in hell, would be so solid, but we gotta get maybe one or two made before that. But, oh, wow... I wrote that with Tom Davis, my writing partner, recently deceased, who wrote Coneheads with me and stuff on Saturday Night Live. There's classic Tom Davis lines and funny stuff in there, really it's probably the most humorous of all the Ghostbusters scripts that have generated in that last little while. But we'll put the humor into this next one. 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.

Two or three more GHOSTBUSTERS? I am starting to think that Aykroyd has some blind faith that these movies are actually going to happen, especially if Bill Murray is not involved. He does go on to say that there is no bad blood with Murray and that he is leaving room to write him back into the third film if he changes his mind.

Aykroyd feels confident that they are in a good place with the script, but he says he was confident before as well, saying Sony would have made a "nine figure return" if they had gone with the script written by Gene Stupinsky and Lee Eisenberg from THE OFFICE. The newest edition is being written by Etan Cohen (MEN IN BLACK 3) which does not give much more confidence.

But, Aykroyd is not giving much more time to let GHOSTBUSTERS 3 happen. While he says if it does get made, he would only stay on behind the scenes after it and GHOSTBUSTERS 4 would focus on the next generation of heroes. If it doesn't, he has an exit strategy.

Now, this would add quite a bump to Sony's bottom line, quite a bump. If they make this movie, in its current shape, they would be looking at a pretty hefty, nine-figure return. And so I'm hoping they get on to move it, but if they don't, I have multiple trains. I've got tracks six, seven, and nine, and that's four. I'll be moving on to other things, as will Ivan, by the way. We can't wait forever. And now's the time to tell the picture company, and I'd say this quite publically, 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...

At least we have the security to know GHOSTBUSTERS will not continue without these guys giving their sign off. But, do any of you still want a GHOSTBUSTERS 3?

Source: Esquire

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9:03PM on 12/06/2012
Dan sounds like he's high as a kite. He's rambling and speaking non-sensical.
Dan sounds like he's high as a kite. He's rambling and speaking non-sensical.
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2:02PM on 12/06/2012
I'm curious as to why you havent posted anything about Bill Murray signing on to Ghostbusters 3?
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Check it out. Obviously i cant tell you how credible this story is but still, its news worth if there is even word that Bill Murray signed on!
I'm curious as to why you havent posted anything about Bill Murray signing on to Ghostbusters 3?
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Check it out. Obviously i cant tell you how credible this story is but still, its news worth if there is even word that Bill Murray signed on!
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5:23PM on 12/06/2012
The original superofficalnews.com piece about Murray signing on for GB3 is dated November 23, 2012.

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The Esquire piece with Aykroyd's speculations is dated December 5th, 2012.

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The original superofficalnews.com piece about Murray signing on for GB3 is dated November 23, 2012.

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The Esquire piece with Aykroyd's speculations is dated December 5th, 2012.

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I'm guessing, that if there was any truth to the November 23rd piece, that Aykroyd would have known about it when he was interviewed for the December 5th piece.

Then again, maybe he does know about it, is tired of Murray stringing them along, and is hell bent on producing the Blues Brothers 2000 of the Ghost busters franchise, and is trying to piss Murray off into giving up his rights.

But all of this is speculation. Who knows.

8:47AM on 12/07/2012
That turned out to be a false story. The original source was created as a prank. I was shocked it went so far as to even being announced on radio stations around the nation.

I was pretty damned excited when I first heard it too.
That turned out to be a false story. The original source was created as a prank. I was shocked it went so far as to even being announced on radio stations around the nation.

I was pretty damned excited when I first heard it too.
12:15PM on 12/06/2012
I know talked to death, but what exactly is Murray's stance on this? If it's a good, interesting script, who cares if its a a sequel?
I know talked to death, but what exactly is Murray's stance on this? If it's a good, interesting script, who cares if its a a sequel?
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5:40AM on 12/06/2012

Actually Men in Black 3 was good

My understanding is that Bill Murray wanted no part of Ghostbusters 3 because the script was shit. If the script is being rewritten with somebody with genre experience then Bill Murray might very well be willing to participate.
My understanding is that Bill Murray wanted no part of Ghostbusters 3 because the script was shit. If the script is being rewritten with somebody with genre experience then Bill Murray might very well be willing to participate.
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7:01PM on 12/06/2012
Men In Black 3 was surprisingly good!
Men In Black 3 was surprisingly good!
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1:04AM on 12/06/2012
As a Ghostbusters fan, I never thought I'd be sick of hearing about this movie.
As a Ghostbusters fan, I never thought I'd be sick of hearing about this movie.
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11:49PM on 12/05/2012
I just watched Trading Places (which also had Tom Davis in a small role), and it makes me kind of sad that this is where Dan Aykroyd is now. No doubt Ghostbusters is a great franchise that did have some excellent potential. It still could, but when other actor besides Aykroyd most closely associated with the film declined, it just means this gets pushed back, the actors get older, the target audience ages out, and the studios get nervous. If they could do something right now it might be worth
I just watched Trading Places (which also had Tom Davis in a small role), and it makes me kind of sad that this is where Dan Aykroyd is now. No doubt Ghostbusters is a great franchise that did have some excellent potential. It still could, but when other actor besides Aykroyd most closely associated with the film declined, it just means this gets pushed back, the actors get older, the target audience ages out, and the studios get nervous. If they could do something right now it might be worth it, even if it's terrible. That way Aykroyd could mark it off his bucket list and either go on to other things, or retire. Every time I see something new about this I get a little sad because it STILL hasn't happened, and I'm not even looking forward to it.
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11:39PM on 12/05/2012

COME ON!

I am getting pissed off with the lack of ANYTHING happening on this film. People, it's Ghostbusters. Of course this movie is going to make bank. The name alone will garnish a 100m profit. More if it's actually good. I love Bill Murray but if the man doesn't want in, move on.

I don't see why they just don't use the storyline from the recent game, that was truly great.
I am getting pissed off with the lack of ANYTHING happening on this film. People, it's Ghostbusters. Of course this movie is going to make bank. The name alone will garnish a 100m profit. More if it's actually good. I love Bill Murray but if the man doesn't want in, move on.

I don't see why they just don't use the storyline from the recent game, that was truly great.
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11:14PM on 12/05/2012
i dont understand why one of the major movie studios are not helping out Dan Aykroyd more...It would be cool to see another Ghostbusters movie, but I think a lot of people are excited but hesitant too, because they want the same coolness as Ghostbusters 1 had but dont want a weird script or bad casting.
i dont understand why one of the major movie studios are not helping out Dan Aykroyd more...It would be cool to see another Ghostbusters movie, but I think a lot of people are excited but hesitant too, because they want the same coolness as Ghostbusters 1 had but dont want a weird script or bad casting.
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10:43PM on 12/05/2012
If this were software, it would be known as vapor ware. I really don't care about hearing about it until it is green lit and they have a start date.
If this were software, it would be known as vapor ware. I really don't care about hearing about it until it is green lit and they have a start date.
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7:05PM on 12/05/2012

Murray or not?

I'm still surprised to not find more coverage relating to yesterday's reported rumor that Bill Murray had actually pulled a 180 and agreed to do Ghostbusters 3. Is this just another case of a movie blog looking for attention? [link]
I'm still surprised to not find more coverage relating to yesterday's reported rumor that Bill Murray had actually pulled a 180 and agreed to do Ghostbusters 3. Is this just another case of a movie blog looking for attention? [link]
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10:48PM on 12/05/2012
The original superofficalnews.com piece about Murray signing on for GB3 is dated November 23, 2012.

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The Esquire piece with Aykroyd's speculations is dated December 5th, 2012.

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I'm guessing, that if there was any truth to the November 23rd piece, that Aykroyd would have known about it when he was interviewed for the December 5th piece.

Then again, maybe he does know about it, is tired of Murray stringing them along, and is hell bent on producing the Blues">
The original superofficalnews.com piece about Murray signing on for GB3 is dated November 23, 2012.

[link]

The Esquire piece with Aykroyd's speculations is dated December 5th, 2012.

[link]slide-1

I'm guessing, that if there was any truth to the November 23rd piece, that Aykroyd would have known about it when he was interviewed for the December 5th piece.

Then again, maybe he does know about it, is tired of Murray stringing them along, and is hell bent on producing the Blues Brothers 2000 of the Ghost busters franchise, and is trying to piss Murray off into giving up his rights.

But all of this is speculation. Who knows.


11:42PM on 12/05/2012
I don't think Murray owns any rights, except maybe his image.
I don't think Murray owns any rights, except maybe his image.
5:22PM on 12/06/2012
Hmm. In the Esquire piece, Aykroyd talks about Murray's "rights."
Hmm. In the Esquire piece, Aykroyd talks about Murray's "rights."
6:47PM on 12/05/2012

Yes please

I'm excited for this. I have faith in Dan and Harold.
I'm excited for this. I have faith in Dan and Harold.
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6:30PM on 12/05/2012
Please Mr, Ackroyd, make Ghostbusters 3 happen.
Please Mr, Ackroyd, make Ghostbusters 3 happen.
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5:26PM on 12/05/2012

If the script is good...

...I'm all for GB3 with new players. And when I say players, I mean SNL players. I'd like to see Bill Hader, Will Forte, Jason Sudeikis in the gang. Think what you want about SNL these last years, I believe these guys are a perfect fit for the ghostbusting job.
...I'm all for GB3 with new players. And when I say players, I mean SNL players. I'd like to see Bill Hader, Will Forte, Jason Sudeikis in the gang. Think what you want about SNL these last years, I believe these guys are a perfect fit for the ghostbusting job.
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5:25PM on 12/05/2012

Hell yeah! More Ghostbusters!

Yes - hell yes - bring on the Ghostbusters before its too late! Please! I know there are some that will hate this - but i have confidence in Dan, Ivan and the crew to do it right. So please Sony - green light this for those of us that want to see it. It's been way too long - it's time to bust some ghosts!
Yes - hell yes - bring on the Ghostbusters before its too late! Please! I know there are some that will hate this - but i have confidence in Dan, Ivan and the crew to do it right. So please Sony - green light this for those of us that want to see it. It's been way too long - it's time to bust some ghosts!
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3:29PM on 12/05/2012

Sigh

Ghostbusters is one of my five favorite movies of all time. That movie WAS the 80's for me. As a kid, I thought Ghostbusters 2 was even better... and then I grew up and realized it actually sucks on so many levels, especially the finale which is just woefully bad as I just watched it the other night.

Here's the deal though: Everyone I think who reads these articles and comments on them are thinking the same thing. These don't feel or sound anything like Ghostbusters. No. They sound like
Ghostbusters is one of my five favorite movies of all time. That movie WAS the 80's for me. As a kid, I thought Ghostbusters 2 was even better... and then I grew up and realized it actually sucks on so many levels, especially the finale which is just woefully bad as I just watched it the other night.

Here's the deal though: Everyone I think who reads these articles and comments on them are thinking the same thing. These don't feel or sound anything like Ghostbusters. No. They sound like rehashes of Ghostbusters 2. And that's where I get bummed, and in my opinion, probably where Bill Murray gets bummed.

Seriously, Ghostbusters is great not just because it's funny, but it had amazing special fx that still hold up, the actors had great presence, New York was a grimy place, the Ghostbusters mattered in the film and were relevant, etc. The Real Ghostbusters cartoon, which is one of the best written and greatest animated series of all time, had better plots and more of a grasp for what made Ghostbusters great than the sequel... and to be honest, it seems like its better on the large front than anything that's being mentioned by Aykroyd in these updates.

My opinion in the end? Just blow it up and start over if you're going to do it, or don't do it at all. Let the originals rest in peace and let's just see where it goes from there.
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3:25PM on 12/05/2012

Oh yeah

I'm VERY hip to this news. I love the GB franchise. The 2nd film was still great despite what the filmmakers may think. I think there are ways to make GB3 great, and I really hope they make the right decisions, without too much studio interference. Get the right cast of comedic actors who can improvise and nail a punchline, and get a fantastic script that has laughs, scares and heart. This franchise has SO much potential, I just hope they can get their act together and start working on GB3
I'm VERY hip to this news. I love the GB franchise. The 2nd film was still great despite what the filmmakers may think. I think there are ways to make GB3 great, and I really hope they make the right decisions, without too much studio interference. Get the right cast of comedic actors who can improvise and nail a punchline, and get a fantastic script that has laughs, scares and heart. This franchise has SO much potential, I just hope they can get their act together and start working on GB3 soon!
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