Dan Aykroyd continues to be the most vocal supporter of the struggling Ghostbusters 3 project. Last summer, Aykroyd rekindled our hopes that the film would shoot in the spring of 2012 with or without Bill Murray’s involvement (which clearly never happened). Then, Aykroyd floated the possibility of recasting Peter Venkman and admitted to needing more time to work on the screenplay by Bad Teacher scribes, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. He more recently confirmed that Murray would have nothing to do with the project. Now it seems as if the writing duo of Eisenberg and Stupnitsky are out as well, as Aykroyd recently commented that a new team was in place. While I admire the man’s tenacity in bringing a suitable project to the screen, I’m beginning to wonder whether or not we should just leave well enough alone. More from Aykroyd after the jump.
Aykroyd was recently in Amherst, NY at an event for his award-winning Crystal Head Vodka. The star signed autographs and took pictures with Ghostbusters fans and was generally in good spirits (pun!). When asked about the status of Ghostbusters 3, Aykroyd had this to say:
“We’ve got a new writing staff working on it now. It’s got to be prefect. That’s the whole thing. There’s no point in doing it unless it’s perfect. So that’s what we’re up to now.”
The 60-year-old Aykroyd didn’t elaborate on who the new writing staff was, if the script was getting a page-one rewrite or a less destructive second draft or any other details. What we do know is that Aykroyd has been the most vocal about the project and will provide us with a barometer of sorts as to the progress it’s making. If the man stops talking about it one day, we’ll know it’s been permanently busted. Check out a video of the autograph session below (via local news station, WIVB):