Rumors, speculation and more rumors! For the past 20 years that's all we've gotten from Hollywood regarding Ghostbusters 3, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying on Dan Aykroyd’s part. He wrote a script, came up with ideas, and pushed it around in hopes of getting it made. Nothing came of it and it seemed that Ghostbusters 3 was just never meant to be.
That has all changed in the recent months, Dr. Raymond Stantz (a.k.a. Dan Aykroyd) has been out in the movie publications and on web sites pushing the new Ghostbusters 3 movie hard. Last week Aykroyd revealed who he would like for the two female roles (Alyssa Milano, Eliza Dushku) and that Ramis would be directing instead of Reitman.
He continued to fan the fan-boy flames this past weekend by talking with the Guardian Guide in the UK:
There’ll be a whole new generation that has to be trained and a leader that you’ll all love when you meet her. There’ll be lots of cadets, boys and girls who’ll be learning how to use the neuron splitter and the inter-planet interceptor - new tools to enable them to slip from dimension to dimension.
Obviously, the female role he alludes to is either Milano or Dushku, and personally, I think it should be Dushku but either of them would be a great fit.
I’m curious to see the new tools he mentions for the film – “neuron splitter and the inter-planet interceptor”. We’ve already seen the proton pack, PKE meter and the ghost trap, so it’s nice to see that they're adding weapons to the ghost-butt-kicking arsenal. The inter-dimension story would fit into the Ghostbusters world quite nicely, IMO. Fanboys probably should wait a bit before they start crying foul like they did with another recent alternate dimension movie (ahem Star Trek *cough cough*), .
Ghostbusters is the same movie series that brought us a giant flaming Marshmallow Man, a walking Statue of Liberty and river of slime flowing beneath Manhattan (that last part really wasn’t THAT much of a stretch). Would trans-dimensional travel really be that far out of the realm of possibility here?
This isn’t the first time Aykroyd has hinted at an inter-dimensional story. Back in February 2007, Peter Sciretta over at /Film had Aykroyd saying this:
I wrote a script called Hell Bent, Ghostbusters go to hell basically. The premise is that it’s Manhellton. There’s Manhattan and ManHELLton. And if you can build an inter-dimensional phase system so that you can go from one dimension to another. We’ve succeeded doing that and we go to the hell side.
It’s a very weird concept but then again so is a giant, green, slimy, ghost who eats hot dogs.
So does any of this new information trickling out get you more excited to see Ghostbusters 3 and do you think it will live up to the hype beginning surround it or will it ultimately be another unnecessary sequel?
A release date for Ghostbusters 3 has not been announced yet, but with production beginning this winter, we could see it out in the Summer of 2011.