Ghostbusters 3 has been in production hell for years, and with Bill Murray refusing to play any part in its creation, many doubted if a third movie would ever happen. Dan Aykroyd, former SNL cast member and Murray’s Ghostbusters costar, has said different things at different times, confirming his uncertainty concerning the project. Today, though, we have word from the actor that the film could start shooting by 2014.
Aykroyd spoke to ABC News, saying,
“I know that we’re expecting half of the screenplay to be completed very soon. It should be into production by the fall and be shooting by the New Year. It’s very exciting. The Higgs Boson and the particle theories, gluons and mesons, that really gives us a scientific base in terms of our fictional storytelling, to open up to another dimension and have something horrible coming through.”
While Aykroyd has been more than enthusiastic about the project, Murray has not. Murray’s blatant refusal to cooperate threw the film’s future into uncertainty. Now that Murray has reportedly lost any rights he owned in relation to the film, it appears that one hurdle has been overcome.
While Aykroyd and director Ivan Reitman are ready to get moving on the film’s production and have had some concrete news to share, it’s best to be cautious in getting too excited.
What do you all think? Should the film happen? Personally, while the original Ghostbusters was fun and the concept was appealing to countless viewers, a third outing might not be a good idea. Hollywood is notorious for drawing out franchises to exhaustion, something both the audience and the actors feel. But we’ll see. Maybe it’s good. Maybe it’s the biggest piece of crap to ever hit theaters. Either way, there will be no in-between.