The folks over at HoundsTV gave us the heads up that Mr. Raymond Stantz was in Canada this week to help promote his father's book, A History of Ghosts: The True Story of Séances, Mediums, Ghosts, and Ghostbusters. During the Q&A, reporters were allowed to ask one question and the folks from HoundsTV made the decision any fan would and asked him of the status of his beloved franchise. This time, Aykroyd was not as enthusiastic of its status.
"It's all talk until I have the following: b117b3x9. That's a production number. When I see a production number... I know I'm in the picture business again."
Still, Aykroyd does step in to give another contradiction to Murray's statement.
"We have a script, but we don't have a PN (production number) number."
While it's not much, it's something and for fans that have been waiting over 10 years for Ghostbusters 3 to happen, something is good.
With all this Ghostbusters 3 news floating around, you've got to expect at least a couple of rumors to come along with it and in this case we've got other sites reporting that that Aykroyd, at the same press event in Canada, had stated Ghostbusters 3 is being held up because funds from the studio have "dried up."
I'm happy to report that after following up with the folks over at HoundTV that this is not the case at all. While they were only allowed to ask Aykroyd one question, they ran into him later and followed up with a question asking him "Does the Hollywood recession or the difficulties studios are having getting money and funding films have anything to do with why Ghostbusters 3 isn't a go yet?" Aykroyds response to the question was that generally "It has hurt every film" and not Ghostbusters 3 in specific.
Ghostbusters is one of the most important franchises that Sony owns and I'm sure that if everything was in its place, Sony would have no problem writing a check. Especially with the success of Ghostbusters: The Video Game.
So, there you have it. All the Ghostbusters 3 news you could want and more. After spending all this time writing about Ghostbusters, I think I might pop the DVD in. (Although I won't because this weekend I have to catch up on my Canadian teenage mellow-drama, Degrassi: The Next Generation. I'm 2 seasons and a made-for-TV behind. Just don't tell anyone. I have a reputation to uphold.)
We'll make sure to bring Ghostbusters 3 news (and bust any rumors) as it comes.