Dan Aykroyd is in London promoting his new vodka ‘Crytal Head’ and the Telegraph caught up with him. And sure, we’re interested in his vodka (no, really) and how he may have actually eaten all the pies, but let’s be honest, right now, the main thing I have on my mind when I think of Dan is… when the heck are we going to see Ghostbusters III?!
Well thankfully the Telegraph had the same thing on their minds:
“One film Aykroyd desperately wants to make is Ghostbusters 3. He’s been trying to get the gang back together since 1999, when he wrote a first draft of the script. A more recent version, by the writers of the US Office but overseen by Aykroyd, has received a favourable response from the studio, Columbia, and all the original cast bar one: Bill Murray. His cantankerous friend’s refusal to have anything to do with the sequel – which is designed to pass the overalls and backpacks to a new generation of buster – has long been a source of frustration to Aykroyd. Proposed release dates have been and gone, with Murray intermittently popping up to dismiss talk of a new film as “a bunch of crock”, or “a horrible rumour”. Late last year it was even reported that Murray sent a script back to Aykroyd shredded, and with a note reading “No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts”. Aykroyd vehemently denied this, but he does admit defeat on the Murray situation.
Will the film ever materialise?
“I honestly don’t know. At this point it’s in suspended animation. The studio, the director Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis feel there must be a way to do it, but Bill Murray will not do the movie. He doesn’t want to be involved. He’s got six kids, houses all over America. He golfs in these tournaments where they pay him to turn up and have a laugh. He’s into this life and living it. I know we’d have a lot of fun [but] I can’t be mad at him. He’s a friend first, a colleague second. We have a deep personal relationship that transcends business and he doesn’t want to know.”
He’s recently begun to consider recasting Murray’s role with another actor. Or perhaps, I suggest, his character could come back as a ghost in CGI so the actor doesn’t need to give up the golfing? It’s obviously something that has crossed Aykroyd’s mind, but he wonders if Murray would give his approval even to that.
“We’re not going to do a movie that exploits the franchise. The script has to be perfect. I’m the cheerleader, but I’m only one voice in the matter. It’s a surety that Bill Murray will not do the movie, however there is still interest from the studio.” Aykroyd looks pained. It only seems fair to return to a subject that brings him nothing but joy: alcohol.”
It breaks my heart in many ways, but it looks like this is the death rattle of GBIII. Are we glad we didn’t get an inferior exercise on money-making? Yes… but it would have been so sweet, no matter how good or bad, to have hear THAT theme tune one last time and seen the boys in grey, no matter how old, put on the proton packs just once more. Am I welling up? A little… but hey,I’m only human…