Dan Aykroyd Addresses GHOSTBUSTERS 3 Rumors; Says He May Recast Peter Venkman

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Ghostbusters 3 has been lingering in development hell for quite some time now, and it appears it’s time for another nothing update from Dan Aykroyd. He previously stated that production would begin this spring, but then we heard that Sony wasn’t exactly keen on moving forward without Bill Murray’s involvement. A script was initially commissioned by Bad Teacher scribes Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, but now it appears that Aykroyd is still working on the screenplay:

“The script must be perfect. We cannot release a film that is any less than that. We have more work to do.”

Rather than give firm timetables, it appears Aykroyd understands that they’ve got quite a while to go before they can think about production. Hit the jump for more from Akyroyd, including the suggestion that Murray could be replaced, the possible return of Rick Moranis, and what Aykroyd had to say about Murray supposedly shredding the script.

ghostbusters-3-dan-aykroyd-imageGiven Bill Murray’s reluctance to participate in a follow-up, Aykroyd went on to hint that a different actor could play the character of Peter Venkman. This is a terrible idea for a number of reasons. If Murray declines to reprise the role, it’d make much more sense to replace Venkman with a different character than have some other actor take on the part. Nevertheless, during an interview with Empire, Aykroyd continued that he hopes to lure Moranis out of retirement for the project:

“If we can get the script to Ghostbusters 3 right, then it would definitely have Moranis as a major component. None of us would want to do the movie without having him as a participant.”

This seems unlikely, as Moranis wouldn’t even return for the Ghostbusters video game a few years ago. No matter, Aykroyd went on to deny claims that Murray had sent him back the shredded Ghostbusters 3 script with a note that said “No-one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts”:

“Bill Murray is not capable of such behavior. This is simply something that would not be in his nature. We have a deep, private personal relationship that transcends business. We communicate frequently and his position on the involvement in Ghostbusters 3 has been made clear and I respect that. But Bill has too much positive estimation of my writing skills to shred the work.”

This coming from the screenwriter of Nothing but Trouble. I’m pulling for Aykroyd and Co. to deliver something fun, fresh, and worthy of the Ghostbusters franchise, but it’s unlikely that we’ll see this anytime soon. I don’t think time is of the essence (Ghostbusters II was over 20 years ago), so however long it takes them to get the script in ship-shape is perfectly fine.

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  • judasbarronx1

    It’s not like they (Ramis, Murray, Aykroyd, and Moranis) can’t take the initiative and work out some to LOSE some weight. Sheesh. I just wanna see Ghostbusters 3 dammit! lol!

  • Jay

    I really don’t get why Murray & Akryod won’t agree. The script must be no good…it seems like it wouldn’t be too hard to come up with one.

  • lovetron

    “The script must be perfect. We cannot release a film that is any less than that.”

    Then explain Ghostbusters 2.

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  • Josh

    Just shoot the damn film! This group of actors could just sit a room & talk for 2 hours & it’d still be better than anything elese out today. Have you all lost your minds lol Ghostbusters 3 or we riot

  • brandon

    I think Bill Murray has had his head up Wes Anderson’s ass for two long and needs someone (Akroyd) to smack him around a bit. I miss old (young) Bill Murray. Not the quirky old guy he has been playing for the last 15 years.

  • Paul

    The Internet never learns their lesson do they?

    I see people saying GHOSTBUSTERS III is a can’t fail movie. That it will be better than ANYTHING else out there right now. Right?

    For a fact we all know people said the EXACT same things before the Star Wars Prequels, Indiana Jones 4, Alien Vs. Predator, Green Lantern, Spider-man 3, Transformers, and Tron: Legacy.

    There’s no such thing as a CAN’T FAIL project.

    • Egon

      True, but, all those mentioned were a result of sloppy writing/directing/film making.

      If i got the CHANCE to write and direct all those films mentioned, i shit you not, they would be perfection!

    • Daniel

      Paul, you nailed it.

  • Nick

    Cast Chevy Chase. That’ll piss him off.

  • Ted

    The child’s play saga to be redone. I believe

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  • Egon

    NOOOOOOO!!!! <— (That reaction in Star wars 3 i always hated and felt unrealistic a response, but recently i find i genuinly need to use it for moments like this! My apologies Lord Vader, you were right!)

    NOOO recasting Venkman!!!!! Replace his character all together, but please do not do this! I don't even see why Murray coming back is too much of a big deal to move forward. Yes, it would be great to have him back, BUT I would have imagined Venkmans character to be retired on a beach in Honolulu by now, as he was never the committed Ghostbuster that Egon and Ray were.

    Drop Venkman if you cant have Murray, and write better stuff for the rest, and if its gonna happen, the new recrutes too. Oscar, should be the new Funny Venkman role.

    And Fat old Ghostbusters? YES! GB was successful because it was a fantastic character driven comedy first, and not all down to SFX. Keep it well written, funny and a character piece, and not a CGI ott Transformers style piece of eye candy. Keep the soul alive, and hurry up and get it made!

    • Egon

      And, maybe have Venkman as a Poltergeist? One that plays tricks on the gang and on slimer!

      That way we dont need to see him, or even hear him (assuming he wont even do a few voice overs) Solved!

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  • Yannisa

    Then explain Ghostbusters 2.

    That’s exactly why he’s cautious! I do think he just wants a quality script because he doesn’t want to make the same mistake. A lot of effort goes into making a film. No one wants to spend months of not seeing their family, working awkward hours, being exhausted if the end result is going to be rubbish. I know he’s made some dodgy films but I think he really cares about Ghostbusters and that’s why he’s insisting on the script being good. Aren’t you all fans? Don’t you want a good script? If you just want to see men running around with special effects there are tons of those films around. You’d be the first to slate the film if it was bad anyway.

    I very much doubt he shredded the script either. He is good friends with Akroyd. He said on the Howard Stern show “He’s my friend for life”.

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    I am 56 years alright now coming march of the 57. listen I know you don’t wanna hear this but I’ve been a great friend of yours and then whatever it is that it took to make you the sorry that you are you remind me of a lot like me and others out there you were in the right place at the right time but more than anything you are so wonderful you made my life you made me feel good you gave me a reason to live I’m dying now I’m not feeling very my life is at an all time low my heart is in the basement and my weekend is an all time low is well someone anything I would love to have you as my friend just a say in this show my friends that you are my friend morning hangover love to a start to show with you it breaks my heart to tell you that you’re the most real person I’ve ever met my life you not even acting you know bill I’m just get the mumbo jumbo I don’t even know if this recording anything but if you wanna make 1 man’s life the most happiest wife in the whole world that I can brag and show it all my friends that you and I had wants to talk to each other please you can call me at 9289510966 I r a little hardware store up in the air northern arizona it’s called please feel free to contact me there because you know what I’m not gonna live forever and if you wanna make somebody’s life so happy and I can show this to other people and make them happy god bless you derek right I do care about you and I know you care about us so hey it going I’m a phone call away 7 little buttons on the phone come on I’ll be your real self and call me up and say hey hey what’s going on bell how you doing I know what you’d make the rest of my life do you know I ain’t got that long to live band and I’m getting tired and fatter and dump your I’m not a good looking guy was when you first started even like you I’m just all I’m a single guy divorced and you are an inspiration to make your everything I’ve always I am I so I can pay your me on screen working I’m looking at myself when I look at you I’m telling you a fact unir to the same hey ps your best friend in the whole world I can assure you that I know you’d appreciate it I know I’m not bothering you but see what you can do okay alrighty have a good dayyou are you know you are you know and I know it your paid to be who you are I would love to have some of the wealth of money that you have to pursue my life and making other people happy but I don’t have it but what little bit I do have you sure are an inspiration

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