Mr. Aykroyd I, like the many others that may inadvertently read this personal letter cleverly disguised as a post on a nerd news site, can say I am a fan of so many things that you have brought to the big and small screen. First and foremost, the Ghostbusters‘ movies (with Spies Like Us a very close second) hold a special, special place and you remain in my top 5 list of original Saturday Night Live cast members that are Caucasian males with dark hair.
Over the past few years we have heard you entertain thoughts of a third movie about busting ghosts, and I will say I was on board. Right with you all up until it got a little bit silly. Right around the time when Bill (Murray) shredded the script (allegedly.) Not to say that his lack of interest in the project is part of why I think it is a bad idea, however his lack of involvement helps my decision.
Last week Dan Aykroyd, the last man on Earth convinced that a third Ghostbusters is in the not too distant future, announced that a new writing team had been hired to try and bring Ghostbusters III just that little bit closer to principal photography. Well according to Variety, that team is really just one man: Etan Cohen.
Now Cohen’s an interesting choice. He penned Tropic Thunder, but more importantly he was one of the writers (or at least one of the credited writers) on Men In Black 3, another threequel that a lot of people, myself included, thought would never happen. Cohen now takes over scripting chores from Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (The Office), who were hired on the project in September 2008.
In its article, Variety adds that the film “is expected to find original castmembers Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Bill Murray passing the torch to a new generation of Ghostbusters,” which says absolutely nothing as to what the film will actually be about. If anybody knows what that is, of course.
We all know the state of ”development hell” that is Ghostbusters 3: over twenty years in development and its never gotten past the scripting stage. Fans of the film that was directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis have used any and all excuses for the delay, ranging from poor direction right down to the prima donna known as Bill Murray.
So what needs to be done now? Well, until they have a perfect script, Murray and the rest of the parapsychologists won’t be doing jack shit. So it’s time to try again, replacing Year One writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg with a new writing duo.
While in Amherst, New York promoting his Crystal Head Vodka (if you’re old enough, you must buy a bottle) Dan Aykroyd spoke with local news agency WIVB 4 in between signing autographs. And ever the sport, Aykroyd spoke up about the state of Ghostbusters 3.
Check out his answer below:
So according to Aykroyd, “There’s no point in doing it unless it’s perfect,” may possibly translate into, “If we can’t bend over backwards for Bill, there’s no way this will ever happen”. Bill has said that he’s open to another round as Peter Venkman but nothing has come close to being perfect as of yet. Aykroyd neglected to say much more than that a new team will be taking the reins of Gene and Lee, so we still don’t known who is writing this new draft.
Maybe we’ll finally see some progress in the near future – hopefully before some of us become ghosts ourselves.
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