Ghostbusters 3's Script Has Been Taken Over By Dan Aykroyd
While we've heard rumors and occasional naysaying from Bill Murray about potential for Ghostbusters 3, one of the other paranormal exterminators, Dan Ayrkroyd has been busy driving around the country in his RV promoting his latest entrepreneurial endeavor - Crystal Head Vodka (you know you want it). However, Vanity Fair (via Cinematical) recently caught up with the actor who was nice enough to shoot the shit about the status of the anticipated but slow-moving sequel. The biggest news is that Akyroyd has taken over script writing responsibilities from "The Office" writers/producers Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg. More below!
However, Aykroyd is quick to defend the writers for giving him a great jumping off point. Though Bill Murray hasn't had many nice things to say about Stupnitsky and Eisenberg in recent interviews (mainly speaking negatively about their film Year One), it sounds like he's just being a Debbie Downer. Aykroyd comments on Murray's remarks and gives his opinion on the script:
"I think he was concerned that the writing on Ghostbusters 3 by these guys would not be up to standard, but I can tell you firsthand, I’m working on the script now and those two—Stupnitsky and Eisenberg, [writer-producers of The Office]—wrote Bill the comic role of a lifetime, and the new Ghostbusters and the old are all well represented in it. We have a strong first draft that Harold [Ramis] and I will take back, and I’m very excited about working on it.
Look, Hollywood is in love with any kind of nostalgia that can prove itself to be commercial. But it has to evolve. Now [in Ghostbusters 3] my character’s eyesight is shot, I got a bad knee, a bad hip—I can’t drive that caddy anymore or lift that Psychotron Accelerator anymore, it’s too heavy. We need young legs, new minds—new Ghostbusters; so I’m in essence passing the torch to the new regime, and you know what? That’s totally okay with me."
While Bill Murray's apprehension and worries about returning to an already classic franchise are certainly justified, if Ramis and Aykroyd are taking over the script, then it sounds like the sequel is on the right track. As risky as this venture seems, I'd really like to see what a new team of Ghostbusters can do with the participation of the original team too. If it doesn't work then we don't have to see anymore, but this could turn out to be the start of a new era, and an introduction of Ghostbusters to a whole new generation. The question is whether or not Ivan Reitman will actually end up directing or not. I'm cautiously optimistic for the time-being, and hope to hear some good news down the road. What do you guys think?
Update: We received an email from Vince at FilmDrunk on Friday alerting us that he had spoken to a very trustworthy inside source and actually received clarification on what's happening with Ghostbusters 3, as it's not all exactly as Aykroyd says. Apparently he is involved and the studio will hear his input, but he is not rewriting the script. Stupnitsky and Eisenberg are still working on it and won't be replaced. The big issue, as we've known for a while, is that they're waiting for Bill Murray to officially sign on and he has been sent the latest draft of the script. Now it's all up to him agreeing to star, and if he's in, they may start shooting next year for a release in late 2012 as originally planned.