Dan Aykroyd Gives An Update On GHOSTBUSTERS 3; Hints At Plots For 4 & 5

Dan Aykroyd Gives An Update On GHOSTBUSTERS 3; Hints At Plots For 4 & 5

Esquire Magazine recently chatted with original Saturday Night Live alum Dan Aykroyd about Ghostbusters 3. The actor shares his thoughts on Bill Murray and a possible Ghostbusters 4.

A few months back there was talk that Ghostbusters 3 was given the greenlight by Sony and could start filming as early as next summer, but shortly after that info came out Sony delayed the start for fall of 2013. Esquire recently conducted an interview with comedian/actor Dan Aykroyd, and started things off asking about the delay.

I'm as deeply inside Ghostbusters 3 as anyone involved in the project — that includes the executives at Sony, who have to go to sleep at night and have to decide to do it. Ivan Reitman, the director, who travels from Santa Barbara to L.A., and has for the last three years, working with writers to put it together. [The Office writers] Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, who worked on one of the drafts.

Aykroyd, who seems to care the most about the project, most likely because he originated the idea, and he and his family are ghost friendly, with a brother working in the supernatural field. He now says that a script for the third film is closer than ever, which is great news since they've gone through several writing teams and numerous script revisions.

DA: And I read every draft that's been turned in. When Gene and Lee, and Etan [Cohen, writer of Men in Black 3, hired last summer], and Ivan — when they've turned in drafts, I hand drafts right back. And at this point, we have a script that we like. And I'm hoping for it.

Sounds like Etan's script has won over Sony and rest of the principal cast (excluding Bill Murray), but also Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (The Office) efforts aren't completely lost either. Aykroyd mentions that there will be arbitration to decide if Lee and Gene will earn a credit for their work, which is based on the final script.

One of the issues on this journey of making a third film is that Bill Murray has passed on the project numerous times. Now that is an issue because Bill has/had part ownership of the property along with Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis and of course Aykroyd. All of them had to give the okay or there was no third. We all know this, but Dan has some new info regarding Bill's stake in it.

DA: I'm not sure Billy does anymore, since he abrogated his rights by sort of, by saying, two years ago he said, "I don't want to be involved," and the picture company I think had some clause in there that if he actually passed on the third of fourth offer, he no longer has a view of the franchise. So, that's for the lawyers to decide. Of course, I'd love to have Billy call me tomorrow and say, "Let's go to work and start writing."

But time is ticking and the rest of the cast ain't getting any younger. Aykroyd tells Esquire that chances of this project happening are quickly coming to a head and decision needs to be made sooner than later.

DA: Now, this would add quite a bump to Sony's bottom line, quite a bump. If they make this movie, in its current shape, they would be looking at a pretty hefty, nine-figure return. And so I'm hoping they get on to move it, but if they don't, I have multiple trains. I've got tracks six, seven, and nine, and that's four. I'll be moving on to other things, as will Ivan, by the way. We can't wait forever. And now's the time to tell the picture company, and I'd say this quite publically, it's time now to sit down and make this movie, or you will lose your main principals, and you won't be able to make it without us, because we have rights, and now is time to make the movie.

As for the plot of Ghostbusters 3 it sounds the same as we've heard before from Aykroyd, "Next generation. Dealing with a problem, as the first movie did, but I think we would have to hand it off to the young."

When asked about an old plot, referred to as "Man-hell-ttan" Aykroyd said he envisioned that for a possibly fifth film in the franchise, not for three or four.

DA: Man-hell-ttan, and the Ghostbusters in hell, would be so solid, but we gotta get maybe one or two made before that. But, oh, wow... I wrote that with Tom Davis, my writing partner, recently deceased, who wrote Coneheads with me and stuff on Saturday Night Live. There's classic Tom Davis lines and funny stuff in there, really it's probably the most humorous of all the Ghostbusters scripts that have generated in that last little while. But we'll put the humor into this next one. It's gotta be funny, or it's not worth doing.

As for a fourth Ghostbusters Dan says Etan's latest script is designed for it, but sees a much more limited role for himself as he passes the torch to the younger generation.

DA: Uh, well, my role as an actor would diminish, as the next one came, and I would work as a writer, of course.


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hoperidesalone - 12/5/2012, 12:36 PM
He's pretty good at dodging questions. First.
DukeAcureds - 12/5/2012, 2:08 PM
Did he open by saying "I'm deeply inside the executives at Sony, when they go to sleep at night"? Or did I read it wrong?
Still, it's exciting, isn't it? GB3, I mean, not Danny Ackroyds sexual exploits.
DukeAcureds - 12/5/2012, 2:20 PM
Really, though, they should definitely make the script smart, like the first one, which was very much about the conflict between starting an independant business versus major corporations and the abuse of power and conspiracy theories that surround them (such as a Donald Duck/ Micheline Man cartoon mascot of a big MegaCorp that is the chosen representation of the ancient goddess that the secret society of architects worship threatening to destroy the world).
Ackroyd should be the bad guy, in the next one, to some extent.
The Ghostbusters franchise should be world wide and very successful and corporate and Dan and Harold should be CEOs who just reap the rewards. Bll could have put some seperation between himself and the others and Ernie Hudson wouldn't have had any stake in the franchise, anyway, being work for hire. Instead of "pasing the torch", like some kind of superhero tea, it should be more how Dan originally envisioned the idea, with four blue collar workers for the Ghostbusters corporation. They shoyuld be the main protaganists of the film. And it should be in one of the NYC offices.
StarkAnthony - 12/5/2012, 2:25 PM
Wait - he said that Bill's ok isn't needed because he passed on doing the movie, but he said that Sony could lose their main characters and that that would mean they can't do it because Akryod Ramis and Reitman have to apporve it. But if they decided they weren't going to do it, wouldn't that mean Sony can do whatever they want with the franchise?
marantaz - 12/5/2012, 2:47 PM
It's hard to follow a conversation when half of it gets deleted. It's fine to delete if the post has profanity/slander/whatever, but if the person is just being an ass, don't cover for them, let us see it!

xstryker - 12/5/2012, 2:53 PM
I'd love to see this with Andy Samberg, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, and Ellen Page as the new team.
DukeAcureds - 12/5/2012, 3:29 PM
Yeah, Nails@, Marantaz is right. I agree with you calling out LanternStorm for being a bit slack on the uptake, but you really do have a bad habit of deleting posts, y'know. I've seen you before deleting posts, left, right and center, laughing maniacally, while you do it. I know, it's your article and you can do what you want, but, come on, man, these are historical documents. Future historians ae going to wonder why this Nailbiter fellow kept having one-sided arguements with users that didn't exist.
LP4 - 12/5/2012, 3:47 PM
I'm tired of this whole Bill Murray thing. They need to just make the 3rd without him.

Also @nail- I've dealt with lanternstorm before. He's annoying and relentless.
DukeAcureds - 12/5/2012, 3:57 PM
Nails@ I've never read the comments you delete (since they're gone pretty fast), so I admit I really don't know what I'm talking about. If they're your reasons, then I apologise and you are, in a way saving these fools from getting banned by Galactus. So, yeah, I apologise.
But you really do seem to delete posts more often than not. Maybe that's just cause you do a lot a Cosplay articles and despite warning folk not to be stupid 14 year old boys... well, they end up being stupid 14 year old boys, regardless, so 'd imagine they take a lot of regulating.
FlixMentallo21 - 12/5/2012, 4:01 PM
I think a third film would be a good cap-off, so no to a fourth and fifth film. Enough is enough.
fistofthenorthstar - 12/5/2012, 4:19 PM
looking forward!
DukeAcureds - 12/5/2012, 4:22 PM
yoss was wanting a bitch-fight.
LP4 - 12/5/2012, 4:37 PM
Cosplay articles are the best
Boogie138 - 12/5/2012, 4:59 PM
lets get this going!
BillyBatson1000 - 12/5/2012, 5:49 PM
Let's just cut straight to the toyline - cos this reeks of retirement package. A great idea for a story should always come first - not gluing one together from scraps.
AlertTheSus - 12/5/2012, 7:14 PM
My last comment will prob get deleted
HULK2099 - 12/5/2012, 7:45 PM
I love bill murray but come on ! help Dan out
Preston - 12/5/2012, 8:11 PM

No passing of the torch, older Ghostbusters sound like comedic gold:


I rather see a "they still have it" film. They can even go up against a younger amateurish group of Ghostbusters (to have the young vs old jokes), but no torch passing.

If not, reboot.
SecNotSure - 12/5/2012, 8:15 PM
Well if you can't get Bill, at least get Ernie Hudson. Winston was my favorite Ghostbuster.
mgeoff88 - 12/5/2012, 9:07 PM
If Bill Murray isn't involved, I just don't see GBIII working.

So the fourth movie is a passing of the torch deal? I say just do the third and end it there.
AlertTheSus - 12/5/2012, 11:46 PM
rage - 12/6/2012, 12:01 AM
I'd like to see maybe Jenson ackles, Eddie mclintock, Seth Rogan and maybe to get a female in the cast, zooey deschannell.
jimoakley666 - 12/6/2012, 2:23 AM
I'd rather see a film about the young Ghostbusters getting their arses handed to them and the original guys, ALL OF THEM!, coming in to save their hides.
Dedpool - 12/6/2012, 8:21 AM
Until I hear of a cast and such i'll just keep saying "GHostbusters: The Vidoegame" is GB3!!
Boogie138 - 12/7/2012, 9:43 AM
@Dedpool: i do consider GB:TVG to be part 3. the new ongoing from IDW also feels like a wounderful continuation of that, incorperating elements from all other adapted media. ghostbusters expanded universe!

for reals tho original cast please! one last time!!!!

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