You have to give it to Dan Aykroyd, despite year after year of development hell for the elusive Ghostbusters 3, he still hasn’t let go of the dream. The comments, rumour, and speculation have never completely faded away and he always appears to be happy enough to chat about it.
From Bill Murray’s participation (or lack of), to story ideas centred on passing the torch to a new generation, to seemingly endless missed production start dates, this project has encountered more setbacks then you could catch in a ghost trap. Despite endless delays here we are again with some new possibilities on the horizon.
The most recent news now is that production could get underway by next year, sound familiar? Appearing on Larry King Now Aykroyd had the following to say about the latest incarnation of Ghostbusters 3;
It’s based on new research that’s being done in particle physics by the young men and women at Columbia University….Basically, there’s research being done that I can say that the world or the dimension that we live in, our four planes of existence, length, height, width and time, become threatened by some of the research that’s being done and Ghostbusters, new Ghostbusters have to come and solve the problem.
With the reference to new Ghostbusters the common theme amongst all the script revisions is that a new generation of characters will come into the spotlight but still with some of the previous cast also featuring in the film. It remains the case that Bill Murray won’t be involved, though the eternal optimism of Dan Aykroyd never ceases and he had this to say on the possibility of a Murray return;
There will be a hole for him, if Billy wants to walk in the door and be in the movie, we will find a place.
Once again there appears to be little certainty surrounding things, but who knows, maybe the former Dr. Stantz will make this film a reality yet.