Aykroyd Spills the Beans on Ghostbusters 3 Shooting Plans

May 19, 2009
Source: Hero Complex

Ghostbusters 3

So all those rumors about Ghostbusters 3 arriving in 2011 were all true? Dan Aykroyd recently talked with our friend Geoff Boucher at Hero Complex and really spilled the beans this time. "Aykroyd said Sigourney Weaver is on board now, as are the original squad of ectoplasmic specialists -- Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson." Sounds like it's really happening with everyone on board. And as for whether it'll shoot soon, Aykroyd is hopeful, very hopeful. "I think we're going to be in production fairly soon. We could be in production by winter." And that's not the only thing he reveals about Ghostbusters 3.

Aykroyd does confirm that they haven't chosen a director yet. He wants Ivan Reitman, who directed the original two Ghostbusters movies, to return, but he's "too busy as a mega-producer" these days. His second choice is Harold Ramis, who directed Year One this year - "he has a lot of things going on, but it would be wonderful to see him do it." No mention of Judd Apatow? Or would Apatow even be interested? Everything is still on the edge, and Aykroyd even admits that "at any second everything could blow up" and the whole project could go down the tubes again. But that's Hollywood for you, nothing is ever official these days.

Lastly, Aykroyd talked a bit about the concept and casting. Aykroyd said he's hoping for a five-member "new generation" team with several female members. "I'd like it to be a passing-of-the-torch movie. Let's revisit the old characters briefly and happily and have them there as family but let's pass it on to a new generation." Wait, female members? How about some names, right? Aykroyd specifically mentions two names - Alyssa Milano and Eliza Dushku. "I think they're amazing," he said. "And I'm excited about the whole idea of getting this done." So how about that? Ghostbusters 3 starring Milano and Dushku? You in?

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"Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!" Can't wait for this reboot. Very excited 🙂

Ken Masters on May 19, 2009


Very niceee! i still think judd apatow nedds to direct and Seth rogan, paul rudd, and jason segel should all join this i mean ounce apatow gets involved its likely one of them will hop into this!!!

zach on May 19, 2009


wouldnt Rudd make a nice passoff of a younger, dry delivery, pippier bill murray

robert on May 20, 2009


Hmm... not so keen of the idea of girls my dream cast for the new: Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Steve Carell, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Bill Hader.

Nils on May 20, 2009


Involvement of Alyssa and Eliza would be o.k *people are gonna REALLY call the ghost busters this time if they are in the movie!* I like the idea of the old school would be back as parents and instructors too of the new team.

Fisherr on May 20, 2009


I think it would be great if Harold Ramis directed it. At least it would be in the hands of a director who really knows the material.

Last Son on May 20, 2009


I agreed with fisherr idea. It would be great if the movie is the combination of old school ghostbuster and the extreme ghostbusters.

eduardo rivera on May 20, 2009


Actually, the Extreme Ghostbusters were such a failure because they already tried this whole "pass the torch" thing. And female ghostbusters? I dunno man.. they're fucking with my franchise.

Syphous on May 20, 2009


I don't know about chicks in a Ghostbusters movie. They are hot but I don't like this idea. On another note. I was at a Mos Def concert in Hollywood last Thursday and I heard the lady who deals with the V.I.P. section which is just a tiny section mention something about seats being reserved for Dan Aykroyds guest. Why would Dan Aykroyd have any interest in being at a Mos Def concert? Is Mos Def being considered to be a new Ghost Buster?

clippersman on May 20, 2009


Okay, I can't let this pass without a comment. Nothing about this interests me so far, and I am one of the most die hard of the die hard of Ghostbusters fans. I can quote the movies in my sleep. You know why? Because the did those two movies PERFECTLY. This is stuff I grew up on. I've seen Hollywood pretty much rape so much other stuff from that era, that this is dangerous ground. They shouldn't do a third without being able to do better, and I don't see any way that can happen. And for what it's worth, this would be a sequel, not a reboot. I hate people misusing that term. Everything seems to point to this taking place in the same timeline in the same space. Not a reboot. You know why Milano and Dushku are bad choices? Because they aren't good choices. What I mean is, what makes them so perfect for a movie like this? What part of their repertoire points to an ability to handle this kind of humor and pacing? Nothing. Zero. They reek or selection for pure sex appeal. I don't need women in Ghostbusters, unless they're character is right for the film. The Ghostbusters were always about the 4 guy buddy dynamic (well, three guys, with the token black guy). Messing with that formula is asking for trouble. Reitman should suck it up and step back to the plate for something like this. Ramis could handle it too. Apatow? Again, why? He has experience with ensemble comedy, but of a COMPLETELY different genre that fits squarely and solely in the low-brow. While the Paul Rudd references I can see, the rest of the Apatow clan are as equally unsuited to this style of more refined, high-brow/low-brow combo comedy as Dushku and Milano. @4, are you kidding me? Please tell me you're kidding me. I wouldn't be able to take a group of guys like that seriously for even an instant in a movie like this. In fact, Rudd is the only one that I think could handle it out of the gates, and Rogen could with some (or more like lots) acting classes. The rest would be HOPELESS. Read my lips. Not excited, not too interested, in fact, I'm kind scared.

Michael on May 20, 2009


I'm sorry but those guys are all out of their prime, and haven't made a "classic comedy" in years, give it up, I really don't want to see a bunch of fat, old, out of there prime ex comedy guru's, with a bad script. nuff said

mark on May 20, 2009


If it ain't Reitman - it's gonna be weird.

bozoconnors on May 20, 2009


And Rick Moranis? Not in a million years will he join GB3, and GB3 will seem abit...dull without him

David Banner on May 20, 2009


Aren't those guys getting a bit old to be ghostbusters? Pretty soon they will be ghosts themselves...

Google The Oct8pus on May 20, 2009


I agree with #10 Those girls would bring nothing to the table. I love hot ass, but in the Ghostbusters case I just want to see a good movie. As for #4 those are all horrible choices. Ghostbusters is one of my favorite movies of all time and these guys would seriously fuck it up. Rogan was good in Knocked up, Segal made me laugh in Sarah Marshall and Hader just seems to make me laugh in anything he does, and I love Steve Carrell, especially in The Office, but that being said, it takes something different to be a Ghostbuster. These guys just do the same kind of comedy over and over again it's already old. I'm waiting for Rogen and Segel's 15 minutes of fame to be over. I don't wanna see Hill's fat ass trying to get into a Ghostbuster suit with lame jokes. Michael Cera is a douche bag in dorks clothing. There is nothing appealing about Cera at all, he's not funny, and his effortless or emotionless acting is just f'n bad. I'd rather see the old fat Ghostbusters then these f**ks. Murray, Aykroyd, Ramis have all done something with the original Ghostbusters that these wannabes could never do. I suggest they take their little click they have going on there and go make some more shitty ass movies for stoners who jack off their dog in their moms basement to go watch. And yes, we want Rick Moranis and Annie Potts back!

Jabroni101 on May 20, 2009


Annie Potts is HOTT!

that guy on May 20, 2009


#2 kinda of has a good point, but if all the originals are back thats good too...

xerxex on May 20, 2009


#10 nailed it. To throw those girls into a movie like this would do nothing. They might as well throw in Britney Spears and Beyonce. Eye candy is nice but not in every movie that gets put out. Stick with the basics on this one and it should come out fine.

Ariel on May 20, 2009


Dushku? Please. Summer Glau, now that I'd like to see. She must be looking for something else to dig her teeth into now that Terminator: The Sarah Connor chronicles has run its course. And for my money she's a much better actress than either Dushku or Milano.

Brave Little Meme on May 20, 2009



Matty on May 20, 2009


MILANO? DUSHBAG..I MEAN DUSHKU... WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH AND THROW IN SARAH MICHEL GELLAR WHIE YOUR AT IT AYKROYD.... THIS IS SO LAME!!! I love the movies but what the FUCK, How can you have these girls in the film pand want to pass the torch to them, they are old enought that they can have the torch passed to them and theyd have to pass it to there kids. WTF!!!!!!!! I was totally into this when i first heard the installment but now i dont know, im totally turned off that they would these chicks in this other than for eye candy!!!!! DIRTY OLD MAN AYKROYD!!!!! Please the thing that the originals had going for them was the whole cast was funny, could act and actually had good films under there belts. These chicks what do they have BUFFY, DOLLHOUSE, CHARMED, WHO'S THE BOSS, TRUE LIES? C'MON MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THERBLIG on May 20, 2009

22 could not be more wrong. Remmeber the Hack Rogen thought GB 3 was a bad idea? The braintrust is too smart to let non-talent even close to this!!!!

Tim "Cloverfield" on May 20, 2009


would be will to bet hard $$$ that this will be just like the Indianna Jones IV...its just so totally pathetic watching old farts try and reprise their original roles...I'll take a pass on this and just remember them as they were...when they were funny...

moldybread on May 20, 2009


@ #8 No, dumbass; They're fucking with THEIR franchise. Did you front Bill Murray a million dollars in '83 to MAKE the goddamn movie? Shit, no, so shut up.

SwolN PekR on May 20, 2009


My pick for the "Next Ghostbusters" Dave Chapelle (Chapelle Show) Anna Faris (Scary Movie) Andy Samberg (SnL) Aziz Ansari (Human Giant) Bill Hader (SnL)

PimpSlapStick on May 20, 2009


Yeah Dushko and Milano can't see it, they bring nothing other than sex appeal and that's not what Ghostbuster is. It's like Aykroyd has so little confidence in GB and it's chances with a new generation that his old mind thinks putting Maxim chicks as ghostbuster will be a good thing. If they want to pass the torch (and to a diverse cast) just hire actual comedians need a black guy hire Dave Chapelle need a woman hire Amy Poehler, Anna Faris etc.., but Milano? Makes zero sense is he fuckin' her?

PimpSlapStick on May 20, 2009


God all the people saying how big of fans they are. Do any of you even have pubes yet? Jesus Milano was on a sit com for many years, and was funny on Charmed. Dushku has worked in comedy & drama for years maybe if you guys were older than 3 youd know that they were more than maxim chicks.

Justin Case on May 20, 2009


Why did Ghostbusters really work? Because of the amazing cast! And seeing as they've pretty much got all the original members back for a third one, whats the point of wasting them by replacing them? The 'passing of the torch' idea is horrible. There are only one set of Ghostbusters and always will be. To be honest, they just shouldn't make the film.

Slimer on May 21, 2009


I met Dan Aykroyd at a dvd signing for his UFO stuff about 3 years ago, and me and some friends were joking the whole time we were in line on who they should cast if and when a Ghostbusters 3 was made so we could tell Aykroyd. We came up with the Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell as the new ghostbusters with Vince Vaugn and or Ben Stiller as back ups. We even came up with the premise that these new ghostbusters would appear on the scene in NYC after a rash of ghost sightings, and offer their services. It would turn out though that these "new ghostbusters" would actually be crooked busters who actually go into places and release ghost only to recapture them and charge a fee. Because of this the original Ghostbusters would come out of retirement, several being university professors now and help out and stop the bad ghostbusters. The Bad Busters would think they were a success until they do something stupid and they open some ghostly demension or something. In over their heads several of the bad busters would join up with the original busters and save NYC and the world. Owen Wilson and Jack Black perhaps leaving Vince Vaugn and Stiller to refuse to help the original busters and be douchebags only to be sucked up into another demension. We also had a side story that some guy in NJ who's a bartender, see's what's happening on the news and finds the original busters and ask to join them. The new recruit would be trained and at the end of the movie play a big role on saving the orignal busters and earning his stripes. The person we thought should be cast for the role is Jon Bon Jovi. Now here me out on this. My friends convinced me Bon Jovi who starred in some Vampire movie would be perfect. At the end of the movie you would have bad busters Stiller and Vaugn evaporated, Owen Wilson and Jack Black turning good and Bon Jovi as the future leader of thre ghostbusters once the original guys go back into retirement. This would work better then a whole movie with new recruits and the orignal cast in cameo's. Well to finish up the story, we were eall ready to tell Aykroyd our idea's but when we got up to him in line due to limited time and being nervous all we were able to tell him is the Bon Jovi shoudl be the new Ghostbuster idea. He laughed really hard and said he liked it. Maybe he was being polite, Aykroyd is very friendly in person, But I swear if Jon Bon Jovi is in the new movie, I'm going to laugh my ass off.

HBKlives2000 on May 21, 2009


@ 10: On the idea of adding women to the team purely as a means of Sex Appeal I do agree with the points you've made, and I'm not familiar enough with actors or actress's to know off hand the previous roles the named women are known for. That said, I think you completely missed the point when Akroid said he was thinking of a new generations of Busters with female members. I grew up with the Ghostbusters, the films being a little old when I was young, but in the time I've grown up in there have been some changes to the world and the culture. Having a token black guy now is something to be ashamed of... because it means you have the actor just because he's black and not because he's good. Its the same with women to a large degree now too, adding women just to look modern or sell sex is shameful (it still happens often). I don't think Akroid would simply put girls in the script to lure hormone driven men into watching it (the ghost buster suits would need a serious workover to be sexy too). Instead, I think was Akroid was suggesting is that the dynamic which made Ghostbusters work, the group of male friends who are also trying to out do one another, can now work just as well with females in the mix as well. Having a well written and decently acted female character join the team could make for a great dynamic as long as they avoid the trap of inter team romances. Having a hot girl who is involved in a relationship outside of the team isn't too different that having a stud who is having a relationship outside of the team, its making love triangles inside the team that would be bad for Ghost Busters. I can not think of any honest reason why women and men cannot interact with @ 29, that is actually a pretty good story idea, though personally I'd be much happier with a different cast than your dream team. Everyone likes differnt things and so I'll just leave it at that. If your dream team was the cast though, I likely wouldn't watch it and would miss your otherwise good story.

Super Panda on May 30, 2009


I heard Kevin James and Denis Leary have actually been approached by Akyroyd and Ramis as potential "new" Ghostbusters"

PaulBlartGhostbuster? on May 30, 2009


I don't mind having 5 GhostBusters, but I do mind them being women. DO NOT MESS WITH OUR FRANCHISE!!! I don't care who are playing the GhostBusters, at least it's not Vince Vaughn. I pray every day that this movie will turn out well. Hope it does.

Katie on Jun 18, 2009


I must admit I was realyl excited when I heard there were plans for a new Ghostbusters film! Now I've read the "passing of the torch" premise I hope it never ghets made!! Do they really think that there's a single Ghostbusters fan that wants to see that. We want to see the original team exactly how they were in 1984, if they can't do that then don't even bother making it.

Alice on Dec 27, 2009


I actually HATE the idea of female members!! Everything else sounds GREAT though!!!

Katie Elenbaas on Dec 28, 2009

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