Ghostbusters 3 is Dan Aykroyd’s white whale

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05.21.13 23 Comments

Jesus, how long has Dan Aykroyd been talking about Ghostbusters 3 now? Five years? Six? The whole thing has been on hold all this time waiting for Bill Murray to sign off on it, which he has to do for the project to move forward. There were earlier script drafts in which Murray played a big part, but it’s unclear if he ever read them. That doesn’t seem to be the case now, but far as I know, the project is still in the same holding pattern. But that hasn’t stopped Dan Aykroyd from talking about it like it’s a done deal. In April, he told the press that it “could” start shooting in early 2014, but it’s hard to know whether to believe him, because he’s been talking about it like it’s just around the corner for half a decade now, and he might be legitimately crazy.

All that said, Aykroyd was on Larry King Live this week, and if you’re willing to try to kick the football he’s happy to hold it for you.

“It’s based on new research that’s being done in particle physics by the young men and women at Columbia University,” he tells King. “…Basically, there’s research being done that I can say that the world or the dimension that we live in, our four planes of existence, length, height, width and time, become threatened by some of the research that’s being done. Ghostbusters — new Ghostbusters — have to come and solve the problem.”

Unfortunately, it’s looking quite likely that Bill Murray will not reprise his role as Peter Venkman in any way, shape or form, although Aykroyd is still optimistic for a last-minute change of heart.

“There will be a hole for him,” Aykroyd says of his friend and co-star. “If Billy wants to walk in the door and be in the movie, we will find a place.” [transcript via ComingSoon]

Oh boy, talking about an unfinished script, with an uncast cast. Lots of “ifs” and “whens” in there too. Aykroyd also talked about Behind the Candelabra, which he’s in, and said that he’s seen four UFOs. Honestly, I think Dan Aykroyd just likes having someone to talk to. I just worry that he’s going to end up in a straitjacket somewhere, muttering to his crystal skull, Wilson about the great Ghostbusters cast they’re assembling.

“Oh, don’t fret, Wilson, come here, let me drink those negative thoughts away.”

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