By Edward Davis | The Playlist November 30, 2010 at 4:10AM
Aykroyd Mentions Eliza Dushku As A Hopeful As Well
Ain't afraid of ghosts? How about sequels way past their prime?
Like it or not, it seems like the long-gestating "Ghostbusters 3" threequel will eventually happen; much like "Men In Black 3," Sony/Columbia seems pretty adamant about putting well-known franchise properties in front of audiences.
So you'll recall recent rumors that said SNL alumni Bill Hader and Will Forte were potential candidates to play the new, "young generation" of Ghostbusters -- original 'Busters Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Bill Murray instead taking on the.... wait for it.... Obi Wan/mentor roles.
While it's still early and no deals are yet in place, perennial "Ghostbusters 3" booster Aykroyd told local Chicago radio station WGN that yes, Bill Hader is a "strong possibility" to appear in the film which probably means they're not quite done tweaking the script yet ("The Office" scribes Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg got the boot earlier this year and Aykroyd took over the rewrites; most likely to appease Bill Murray who loathed "Year One"; a movie he hasn't actually seen).
While no mention of Will Forte was made ("MacGruber" was a seriously underrated dumb/fun comedy this year), Aykroyd did (re-)mention two women who have been rumored to be part of the film for many months now; Anna Faris and Joss Whedon muse Eliza Dushku.
Aykroyd also confirmed casting elements we already know; Sigourney Weaver will appear in the film and yes, Murray will begrudgingly appear as well (what no Ernie Hudson or Rick Moranis?). "Ghostbusters 3" still has no start date, but recent rumors suggest the film will start shooting in the spring of 2011 which still might be optimistic at this point. We'll see, as far as we know the picture has no green light yet and neither Ivan Reitman nor any other director has officially signed on yet. [Bloody Disgusting]