Dan Aykroyd Spills the Beans on Ghostbusters 3

I imagine the “Ghostbusters” franchise as a guy dying in a hospital with doctors and nurses pounding violently on his chest in hopes of achieving some sort of resuscitation. Despite countless setbacks and some decidedly negative reactions from fans, Ivan Reitman and company are still attempting to move forward with “Ghostbusters 3″. During his visit to Dennis Miller’s radio program, Dan Aykroyd shared some inside information on the project, which, apparently, they hope to start filming next spring. Thanks to the boys and girls at Arrow in the Head, we have the best parts of their conversation transcribed. You can find them below.

Regarding the movie itself:

Yes, we will be doing the movie, and hopefully with Mr. Murray. That is our hope. We have an excellent script, but what we have to remember is that Ghostbusters is bigger than any one component. Although Billy was the lead and contributed to it in a massive way, along with myself, Harold (Ramis) and the director and Sigourney (Weaver), the concept is bigger than any one individual role.

Regarding the characters:

The promise of Ghostbusters 3 is that we get to hand the equipment and the franchise down to new blood. My character, Ray, is now blind in one eye and can’t drive the Cadillac. He’s got a bad knee and can’t carry the packs. Egon is too large to get into the harness. We need young blood and that’s the promise. We’re gonna hand it to a new generation. We want to go into production in the spring, I hope.

Regarding the cast:

I like this Matthew Gray Gubler from the Criminal Minds show, but we’ll be casting,” said Aykroyd. “We’ll see everyone who wants to do it. It will be three guys and a young woman.

So there you have it. “Ghostbusters 3″ is happening, regardless of whether or not you want it to. So what do you think? Is this project a good idea or a really bad one?



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Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at) beyondhollywood.com.

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  • Juggernaut

    What about Ernie Hudson. Didn’t even mention him. That’s harsh. Shit, he’s doing more these days than any of them. I’d also have to include Rick Moranis and Annie Potts. Without all of them some of that magic will be gone in my opinion.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com Todd

      I agree completely, especially regarding Ernie Hudson. If there’s no Winston Zeddmore, there’s no Ghostbusters.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        Word! Winston was the grounded one and he needs to be included. As for the premise it doesn’t sound bad, pretty much what I was expecting. The animated sequel show to “The Real Ghostbusters” called “Extreme Ghostbusters” (everything was extreme in the 90s, even G.I.Joe lol) was actually really good. It played off the original show a lot, had Janine, Egon, and Slimer and yet did its own thing, the series finale had both the new and old getting together.

        • Juggernaut

          But how young do you think they’ll go? The same age as the first movie (mid thirties, early forties) or younger. I don’t want Zac Efron and Taylor Lautner bustin’ Ghosts! LOL!

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com Todd

            I’m hoping they go with talented, lesser-known actors. Donald Glover, Joel McHale, Jemaine Clement — actors that could bring some quirkiness to the project without overpowering the picture with their presence.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            Lol nor I, but that’s Hollywood. However get the right 20somethings to play the roles and it could work. It all depends on what they want them to be. It they’re the same age as the originals were then the dynamic will be a lil weird, but if they’re younger then they can play on the young up and comers being smarter than they were at that age but not as experienced in life.
            Sent on the go!

          • Juggernaut

            I could see that. I hope that it’s done right.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        Word! Winston was the grounded one and he needs to be included. As for the premise it doesn’t sound bad, pretty much what I was expecting. The animated sequel show to “The Real Ghostbusters” called “Extreme Ghostbusters” (everything was extreme in the 90s, even G.I.Joe lol) was actually really good. It played off the original show a lot, had Janine, Egon, and Slimer and yet did its own thing, the series finale had both the new and old getting together.

  • Juggernaut

    Damn skippy, hippie!

  • Anonymous

    I expect they’ll be looking to some young blood in the SNL ranks. Should be fun though, can’t wait. HA, I remember when “Evolution” was touted as the next Ghostbusters. That didn’t turn out so well.