How many years has the Ghostbusters 3, will they won’t they debate been going on? In truth, probably since Ghostbusters 2 was released. But over the last couple of years the sense has been that a new film is very likely, even if that means moving forward without Bill Murray.
The thing is, I get why this project seems like a good idea. Ghostbusters is one of my favourite films of all time. I also guess that Dan Aykroyd feels the weight of thousands upon thousands of fans desperate for a new Ghostbusters movie. But unless it’s going to be awesome and not have to make any compromises then I’m fairly ok with it not happening right now.
There have been many back and forths in the press about the script (was it finished, was it good etc) and a seemingly public rally between Aykroyd and Murray about whether the latter would ever come back to the franchise. Murray seems pretty clear about it not being at the top of his to do list, but then Aykroyd seems to think he can be persuaded. For the record if Murray were to come on board I would probably soil myself in excitement.
“We’re going to really put it into ninth gear, in this third one”
So what is the latest news? Well Aykroyd has been talking story in the press. He seems genuinely elated with the progress that has been made, and the potential to ground the film’s story in modern day science. In an interview with ABC he said “The Higgs boson and the particle theories, gluons and mesons, that really gives us a scientific base in terms of our fictional storytelling, to open up to another dimension and have something horrible come through.”
Very encouraging stuff. He also went on to say “We’re going to really put it into ninth gear, in this third one. It’s going to be very, very exciting. I’ve been more encouraged than I ever have been. It sounds real now. We’ve got a sharp new writer on it, Ivan (Reitman) is on it, Harold (Ramis) is on it, I’m on it. And if I can put the catch-net on Billy [Murray] and bring him in, it will be wonderful, if he decides to do it. There will always be a hole for him.”
I love the seemingly endless optimism and obvious love for the concept Aykroyd still has. I just hope that he can pull off that mammoth task of creating a third film that lives up to its classic movie predecessors.
Until then let’s bask in the warm glow of the legend that is Louis Tully: