Dan Aykroyd, the champion of the Ghostbusters franchise over the last fifteen years or so has spoken about the progress of the third film in the comedy-horror-sci-fi franchise.
Aykroyd talked to CHUD and Go Nintendo about the Ghostbusters game and film; he divulged information on Sigourney Weaver's participation (she declined an opportunity to take part in the forthcoming game) as well as what the plot for the third film might entail.
When asked by Go Nintendo how the new game will help development of a third film Aykroyd said that he saw this new game as the third film and if it helped get an actual movie off the ground then all the better. He said:
"I'd want to see the third movie made. I think (the video game) is the third movie and if everything is creative and right, and this game helps get the third movie made... We have a good concept there; (we have) the young writers from The Office. I've worked with Harold (Ramis)on Year One, which is coming out. The Book of Genesis adapted into a comedy? Who but Harold Ramis could pull that off! So these two writers - (Lee) Eisenberg and (Gene) Stupnitsky - they sound like a vaudeville team or a law firm - are brilliant young guys. And they come up with a good story."
When speaking to CHUD the actor went into more detail about the film and Sigourney Weaver's involvement - in the new game she is replaced by Alyssa Milano. Aykroyd had this to say:
"When we do the Ghostbusters 3 movie, hopefully, Sigourney will be in, I know. We'll make that happen. There'll be a whole new generation that has to be trained. And that whole new generation will be led by an individual that you'll all love when you hear who it is, but I'm not going to tell you now. There will be lots of cadets, boys and girls, who'll be learning how to use the cyclotron, the accelerators, and the new stuff. The nuon splitter, the inter-planary interceptor, all these great tools they're going to have to flip from dimension to dimension. Anyway. Game number two, maybe. "
There you have it - straight from the Ghostbuster's mouth.
Be warned, Dan Aykroyd is a very excitable person and he's been bigging up a third Ghostbusters for close to 15 years - going so far as to pen a script that featured the Ghostbusters in hell. However, the cost of the script was way too much to film and the project stalled. Now, it will be interesting to se if any of that material will make it into any future films or games.
Speaking of games, Aykroyd has stated that he has two film scripts which he might develop as games rather than films:
"I have two incredible - what I think are great - science-fiction stories myself right now that I think I'm just going to skip the movies altogether. And I'm going to find maybe some gamers and maybe go with (Atari) again. And I'll just give them the scripts and say, ‘Pretend this movie got made.' Which today, games make movies."
Well, it does look like Ghostbusters 3 is moving along and I'm guessing that if sales are good for this forthcoming game then you'll get to see Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and maybe even Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis bust ghosts again.
More on Ghostbusters 3 when we get it.
Sources: Go Nintendo and CHUD