Dan Aykroyd Says GHOSTBUSTERS 3 Has a New Writing Team

     July 3, 2012


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):

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  • terry

    They will never be able to capture the essence of that 1984′ classic.
    It all just fell into place. What the hell are they trying to do now? GB2 was trash. It was a Hokey ass, irrelevant, shit on a stick film.

    • Drew

      I have to completely disagree. Ghostbusters II is a great sequel and is as good if not better than the original.

      • Chad

        Haha, that was a good one. But seriously…

    • ZUUL

      Actually i too have to dissagree! GB2 was a decent sequel! It had great dialogue, memorable scenes and was original. It had its faults yes, but so do most sequels. My only real hate on the film was the last act (statue of liberty and jello mold scenes. The courtroom ghosts were a bit rubbery too.

      But aside from those, theres some awesome fun stuff. the sewers, viggo, and I liked the story of the GB as people thought the events in 1 were fake so they ended up doing kids partys. Murray as that supernatural chat show host were great too.

      Yes the last act was a bit sucky, but, I wasn’t %100 on the stay-puft/Gozer ending in the first. It was better, but, I like the more grounded character based stuff in Ghostbusters. Its their dialogue and comedy that make the films still so great, not the sfx and giant monsters. Something I hope is realized in a GB3!!

  • Jeandarce

    Hi Dave, nice info here. Im a fan of Ghost buster and can’t wait for its new sequel. Looking forward for more GB news from you.

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  • Joe

    Yo Aykroyd!
    Listen to Murray.
    GB3 is not necessary.



    I heard Murray didn’t want to be in it because the story was going to be centered around 9/11 ghosts.

    • Amateurs of Deception

      That almost sounds worse than Blues Brothers 2000.

  • Eric

    Why don’t they just make another Ghostbusters Video game, it got exceptional reviews, and was a decent enough written game that hit on all the high notes of the first and second movie, might as well just do that seeing as the 3rd movie looks to be something that will never happen like Mr Aykroyd or Murray want it to.

  • Andrew Falconer

    Why does it have to be centered on New York only?

    They could put all of their equipment on trailers and follow it in busses or on a freight train with passenger cars, then take a trip across the country.

    Dan Aykroyd has a railway passenger car to travel on in real life, why not use that a part of the story? There are many railroad related ghosts in certain areas of the country. There could be coal mine and farm country ghosts in the movie.

    It does not have to be all about New York City in the next movie.

    • Jm

      New York is as big of a character in this franchise as Dan/Ray himself!

  • Nate Shivers

    Wes Anderson should take over, He won’t, but if he did at least Bill Murray would do it.

  • J.R.

    what a joke……………………

  • Jeff

    I would like to see GB3, but it should never be done without Murray. Have the original cast or scrap the idea. If the comment on here about 9/11 ghosts is true, then I agree with Bill…..cause that’s just tacky. I doubt they would do that though.

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