Dan Aykroyd Says ‘Ghostbusters 3′ Could Begin Shooting in Early 2014

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:14 pm,

Dan Aykroyd in Ghostbusters Dan Aykroyd Says Ghostbusters 3 Could Begin Shooting in Early 2014

Could Ghostbusters 3 finally, after decades of false starts and delays, begin shooting by the beginning of 2014?

The project has producer and actor Dan Aykroyd enthusiastically onboard, with Ivan Reitman returning to direct and a script that may or not include contributions from Aykroyd, Reitman, Etan Coen and The Office writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. Everything is more or less in place, and it sounds as though Aykroyd is once again confident that the wheels of progress are turning – for real this time.

Speaking to ABC News, Aykroyd has said the Ghostbusters 3 screenplay is undergoing rewrites, and that he feels “reinvigorated” by the work that’s been done so far, adding:

“I know that we’re expecting half of the screenplay to be completed very soon. It should be into production by the fall and be shooting by the New Year.

“It’s very exciting. The Higgs Boson and the particle theories, gluons and mesons, that really gives us a scientific base in terms of our fictional storytelling, to open up to another dimension and have something horrible coming through.”

Readers who’ve been following the story of Ghostbusters 3 for a while will probably already know to take this latest statement with a pinch of salt. Aykroyd originally estimated that production would be underway by fall 2009. Then a long time passed before a new start date of May 2011 was announced. Then the plan was begin shooting in spring 2012. Prior to Aykroyd’s comments today, his most recent guess was that filming would begin in summer 2013.

There has also been something of a saga related to Bill Murray’s involvement with the film, or lack thereof. The actor has never made a secret of his skepticism regarding the threequel and this was a major cause of the lengthy delays to development, since Murray needed to sign off on the script before production could get underway.

For a long time he refused to so much as read the script, let alone approve it. Reports of his resistance to the project circulated for years, and though it’s difficult to separate the rumors (which included a story about Murray shredding the script and returning it with a note reading, “No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts!”) from the facts, its pretty clear that Murray didn’t want to be involved with Ghostbusters 3, didn’t particularly want the movie to get made at all, and was a significant factor in its lengthy incarceration in development hell.

It seems that Aykroyd’s struggles might finally be at an end, however, since Murray has now lost his property rights (according to Aykroyd, that is) to Ghostbusters 3, meaning that his lack of cooperation will (likely) no longer prevent plans from moving forward. With that in mind, the planned New Year shooting start date might actually be the first one that can be taken seriously, and chances are good that there will be a brand new Ghostbusters movie in cinemas by 2015.

Hopefully, when (and if) Ghostbusters 3 finally arrives, it will turn out to have been well worth the wait. But even if it turns out to be terrible, at least Bill Murray will have earned the biggest “I told you so” in the history of cinema.

We’ll keep you up to date on Ghostbusters 3 news as it becomes available.


Source: ABC News (via Metro)

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  1. I’m pretty sure Ackroyd just stopped by HQ again rambling about UFOs.

    LOL. We know Dan… some of them belong to Cobra…

  2. I still want the opening to be an old (modern day) Bill Murray running around chasing a ghost and have the scene end with him dying. Then go to opening credits and proceed with the movie that begins with the death of the last original Ghostbuster.

    Then at the end of the movie, have Bill Murray make a cameo as a ghost.

    I know thats not gonna happen, but i enjoy watching that scene play out in my head.

    • I’d rather have Bryan Cranston and Patrick Warburton playing brothers that are demon hunters (like Supernatural) that team up witb a new group of Ghostbusters led by Dan Fogler and Tom Lennon. Eventually, they have to visit the old Ghostbusters. Oh, and Jack Black is the bad guy possessed by a demon.

    • Indeed either that or a 6th sense reversal where Murray spends half the film not realising he’s dead and no one has the heart to tell him.

  3. I wont believe that this movie is getting made until i see an actual trailer. because if this much can go wrong in one film. i dont think it will just stop in the scripting phase. this much bad luck will surely spill over once the film is actually in production, if it ever gets that far.

    Let me take that back, i wont believe that this film will make it to completion until im actually in my seat, watching the opening credits appear on screen.

    • I agree with Draagyn except I doubt that I’d actually pay theater prices to see this. I can’t say that this is a movie I’ve been anxiously awaiting. The first is a classic. The second is far from it.

  4. Oh, please… the second did enough damage to the classic.

    Cash grab. That is all. My generation will be unimpressed, the other generations do not even remember it that well.

    Please… no.

  5. Dan Fogler. Cast Dan Fogler.

    • Y.E.S.

  6. I believe this just as much as I believe Rami doing another Army Of Darkness.

    Nuff said.

  7. Does this smell like Duke Nukem Forever to anyone else?

  8. I give Bill Murray high marks for talking straight and standing on principal
    despite what would have been a guaranteed big pay day and regardless of
    what artistic motivations might be professed this project is all about money.

  9. Don’t we hear this every year. These announcements are nothing more than the act of a desperate man at the end of his pitiful rope. So sad.

    • Actually, Aykroyd and his Ghostbusters 3 hype alternates with Todd McFarlane’s Spawn every 3 months.

  10. Ghostbusters without Bill Murray isn’t a real Ghostbusters movie. Aykroyd sounds like he’s getting desperate for money.

  11. Dan Aykroyd: Come on guys, there’s gonna be a Ghostbusters 3, I’m super serial!

  12. But, Ghostbusters won’t be the same without the skeptical, crazy, narcissism of Peter Viekman. There was a rumor that this movie was going to be a kind of “pass the torch” movie towards Stein and other comedians. Murry might be right about not wanting to see a bunch of old men running around shooting ghosts, but at the same time, its still comedic gold, and gives an opportunity for the next Ghostbusters films to keep moving forward. I can see George Carlin and George Burns old age jokes running rampant while the old guys are trying to keep up with the ghosts telling the training “kids” that they are too young to take over.

  13. Kind of feel sorry of Dan Aykroyd. This whole saga of his is pretty sad and pathetic.

    This is all he’s betting on. He’s got nothing else. Murray wants nothing to do with this.

    WTF really cares? Come on, Dan. have SOME sense of dignity.

    • If they can make sequels to Rocky, Rambo, Die Hard and Tron decades after the original movies, why not Ghostbusters? It’s almost as iconic as the first three and certainly more iconic than Tron.

  14. I wish I could get excited about this. The first was a major part of my childhood (alongside ‘Superman’ and bizarrely, ‘The Shootist’) and my affection for those days even allowed the remarkable conclusion that the sequel was almost tolerable thanks to Bill Murray. But this…

    We saw what a modern day version of Ghostbusters would look like. It was called ‘Evolution’, starred David Duchovny, Julianne Moore and directed by Ivan Reitman. It was detestable trash. What we’d get in the third movie would be a bunch of “I’m too old for this” scenes, wacky moments of them struggling to get into their old clothes/running out of breath, young whippersnappers offering asides and hilarious names like “Pops”, teen orientated casting to bring in the youth (you know, for kids) and a whole new attempt at a franchise as the new team take over at the end of the movie.

    Bill Murray knows this. So do I. If you have any credibility left, Mr. Ackroyd (I’m suspecting that died with ‘Yogi Bear’), don’t.

    • Nothing bizarre about The Shootist. The last ride
      of the Duke, a poignant farewell by the legend.
      Knowing his health was a death sentence he
      still manages one more great performance.

  15. I’d rather see a sequel to ‘Unbreakable’.

  16. I think it should be the other way around. A group of young kids took over but they are just too incompetent and inexperienced to get the job done, so the old men Ghostbusters have to sweep in and clean up all the mess they made. Showing that there can be only one real group of Ghostbusters that can get the job done. Maybe 1 or 2 old man jokes but that’s it. Show them still being, and even more bad a$$!

    • and maybe have Bill Murray’s character get killed off in the process by having one of the new Ghostbusters accidentally fry him with the proton pack while on a job because the new employee has no regard for safety this causes the new employee to be fired for incomptence in the death of Bill Murray’ character. this incident will allow Bill Murray will have a clean exit from the series.

  17. I would honestly rather see a reboot than a 3rd Ghostbusters film.

    The video game, to me, was a sweet goodbye to what was left of the franchise. I didn’t and still don’t believe this will fall into place and even if it does, Bill Murray is absolutely right. It just isn’t the same as it was 30 years ago.

    I’m a HUUUUUGE fan “Ghostbusters” and “Ghostbusters II”, but I’d rather have those 2 as the only films of the original franchise. If we get a remake/reboot and it sucks, that won’t be linked back to the original series.

  18. No Bill Murray = No Ghostbusters 3. Move on, Dan.

  19. Didn’t Dan Aykroyd say this last year? And the year before that? And the year before that? And the year….

    • It’s an annual tradition. Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Dan-Aykroyd-Says-Ghostbusters-3-Is-Definitely-Happening Day

      • It’s a red-letter holiday in Canada. They don’t even deliver mail.