Dan Aykroyd Gives Ghostbusters 3 Updates!

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ghostbusters Dan Aykroyd Gives Ghostbusters 3 Updates!

It’s been twenty years since we last saw Venkman, Stantz, Spengler, and Zeddemore don the gray jumpsuits, strap on the proton packs and kick some other-worldly butt. I vividly remember seeing both films in the theater when I was ten and thirteen. I also seem to vividly remember the Sigourney Weaver bathtub scene from Ghostbusters 2 (don’t act like you don’t know the one I’m talking about).

Talks of a third installment have been floating on the internet boards for years now and I for one, have been looking forward to it since the speculation began. For a while, the rumors were that Chris Farley was in talks to join the cast. Obviously with his passing that did not occur, but that was as close as anyone got to making Ghostbusters 3 a reality… until now.

When I heard that Sigourney Weaver may not be involved in the next film, I was more than a little disappointed. However, Geoff Boucher from the LA Times had a chance to sit down with Dan Aykroyd and talk to him about Ghostbusters 3. Aykroyd spoke on why the project took so long to get off the ground and what or who he doesn’t blame as the cause of the delay:

“I don’t put not making the third movie on Billy. We can’t do that. I’ve been very busy. Harold’s been busy, Ivan’s been busy. And a third script really didn’t coalesce properly. And Billy, you can’t blame an artist for not wanting to do the same thing again. He did two of them, for God’s sake. Although I’m the biggest cheerleader as the originator of the concept but I’ve never begrudged Billy not doing a third movie. I never said he held it up or that he refused. Hey, listen, he’s an artist. You can’t force somebody into it. I’m sorry he never read my third draft because I thought it was pretty good but, look, now we’re at a point that there’s a story that he can accept and that’s going to work, and I think we’re going to be in production fairly soon. We could be in production by winter.”

When Screen Rant last reported on Ghostbusters 3, Weaver was not confirmed as attached to the project but Aykroyd now confirms that she is indeed on board. She isn’t the only one returning; Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Dan Aykroyd will all portray their original alter-egos.

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He also mentioned the possibility of two new characters, neither of whom would look terrible in a jumpsuit: Alyssa Milano (Charmed) and Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse) (I’m thinking bathtub scene all over again).

Milano does a voice role in the upcoming Ghostbusters video game and Aykroyd had this to say:

“I think they’re (Milano and Dushku) amazing… And I’m excited about the whole idea of getting this done.”

Writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, who penned the upcoming Jack Black/Michael Cera movie Year One will not be teaming up with Ivan Reitman, who is “too busy as a mega-producer” to sit in the director’s chair as he did the first two films. Instead, Harold Ramis will helm the project, which isn’t a bad thing because he co-wrote the first two Ghostbusters and has established himself as a top-notch director with movies like Caddyshack and Groundhog Day. He also directed Year One.

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As for the story of this newest Ghostbusters, Aykroyd had this to say:

“I’d like it to be a passing-of-the-torch movie. Let’s revisit the old characters briefly and happily and have them there as family but let’s pass it on to a new generation.”

Of course the details are still sketchy, but it will probably be a five member team with at least two female members. With principal shooting tentatively scheduled to start this winter, I’m sure we’ll see something more concrete in the next couple of weeks.

Who is willing to put on the jumpsuit, fire up the containment unit and dodge some slimy ghosts to watch Ghostbusters 3?

Source: LA Times Blog, Video Game Image from Terminal Reality

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  1. LOL @ the continuous bathtub references, hahaha

    I hope this will be good, but never was a big fan of the let’s have newer, younger, hipper cast. I hope the new cast will be about the same age as the originals in GB1 and not a bunch of teenaged “cool kids.”

  2. Dushku w/ a proton pack would be freakin awesome.

  3. Sounds interesting. As long as it is not a reboot. This reboot epidemic is getting annoying.

  4. @Matt K, the proton pack would be wider than she is…

  5. Ken J,


  6. Any word on whether or not Rick Moranis will be returning as well?

  7. *contemplates* Shiny. Let’s just hope the name Shia LaBeouf never, NEVER crosses Aykroyd’s mind. Please…

  8. On the 2nd pic. Who is the dude on the very left???

  9. @Ken J
    Not really. Since this is a sequel, the proton pack could get an upgrade and be smaller.

    No Shia? Ok, how abouuuuuuut….Keanu Reeves! :-)

    I liked both GB1 and 2, with 1 being the best, of course. I am totally in for another slime-fest.

  10. @Manowar – I believe that is director Ivan Reitman. Not sure what he is holding though. Ectoplasm dectpr maybe?

  11. Am I the only one really hoping that Alyssa Milano ends up in a bathtub? :P

    I’m all for a GB3. I’m thinking Alyssa Milano in a nice, tight bodysuit..yep, works for me!! :D

  12. Andy S,

    Maybe we can get both of them in the bathtub.

  13. We GB fans need something new to oooo & ahhh about. *hopes for busting new equipment & vehicles* We’ve only been waiting 20 years for the next installment as it is.

  14. I would love to see Angelina Jolie as opposite of Alyssa Milano. Angelina would be a perfect new “Gozer” for the third episode ;-) (and Brad Pitt as a ghostbuster??)

    Im looking forward to a third GB :-D

  15. That’s about the worst idea for GB I’ve ever heard, lol. ;-)

  16. Well it could be a good battle between those two ;-)

    If Dan goes for Eliza Dushku i won’t be dissapointed :-D

  17. I’ll say this…two reasons I would watch GB 3..because it’s GB first and foremost and reason number two….Alyssa Milano.

  18. eliza dushku(aka faith from buffy/angel) as a ghostbuster
    i’m for it bring on the ghostbuster babes a great ghostbuster main villianess famke janssen (goldeneye/xmen)
    as the banshee ghost another ideal female ghostbuster beyonce knowells and pierce brosnan(goldeneye/dante’s peak)
    as the new mayer great idea.

  19. this is a nightmare. I do not want a brief revisiting of the old characters. I want a 2 hour revisiting with no torch passing. What is akroyd thinking? This is the kind of crap suits come up with in focus groups. Here’s to hoping this never happens.

  20. according to the site imdb eliza dushku
    is already on board playing moira and alyssa
    milano who played dr ilyssa selwyn in ghostbusters
    the video game as also being rumored to be in the third
    film evil boyfriend slayer micheal cera ruled out his role
    as oscar barrett in the third installment but rumors about
    alyssa milano will subject to change thats if she agrees to do it
    dan aykroyd who is long term friends with alyssa milano would like
    her to be apart of the franchise .

    frankie smales

    (frankie smales tv and movie review uk)