Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Discuss: Does Anyone Care That Dan Aykroyd Hired New Writers For 'Ghostbusters 3'?

News
by Edward Davis
July 3, 2012 11:38 AM
9 Comments
  • |

"We'll try again," Bill Murray said recently on David Letterman, alluding to the status of the long-gestating "Ghosbusters 3" at Columbia Pictures. And so what's happening with the proposed after-the-fact threequel? Well, while Murray didn't exactly spell it out, recent news seems to confirm all suspicions: the most recent drafts of "Ghostbusters 3" have been thrown in the trash and inveterate "Ghosbusters" champion and producer Dan Aykroyd is starting over.

While it's unclear if Akyroyd has hired unpaid interns to do his monkey-work for him, in a recent interview with ABC News (via Bloody Disgusting), the actor said that writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (writers and producers of "The Office," "Year One") are no longer involved with the project, and a new cadre of writers have been hired to (re)pen the screenplay. Aykroyd told ABC a "new writing staff [is] working on it now. It’s got to be perfect. That’s the whole thing. There’s no point in doing it unless it’s perfect.”

Aykroyd may be being disingenous. What's really the issue is that all four members of the original "Ghostbusters" team, Murray, Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and director Ivan Reitman, have script approval over whether "Ghostbusters 3" goes forward, and while it appears that Murray could simply waive his rights  -- he's suggested in the past they move on without him; clearly everyone wants the actor to at least make some appearance in the picture -- so far he's been the most vocal hold-out, often suggesting the screenplay drafts haven't been up to snuff. 

Aykroyd's written several "Ghostbusters 3" drafts over the year that he thought were perfect, or good enough at any rate, but they've never been good enough to convince Murray. "You need to have a really good script. It's hard," Murray said on Letterman. "Even the second 'Ghostbusters' wasn't as much fun for me as the first one. It's hard to make a sequel. That first one was really funny." Clearly the man has high standards. 

But what is the franchise's viability at this point? "Ghostbusters II" arrived in 1989, so even if a third installment would go into production this year and come out next (not going to happen, just saying...) a "Ghostbusters 3" would arrive 24 years after the last film. And yes, it's a pop culture touchstone film (at least the first one anyway), but do audiences truly care at this point? With video games, costumes, animated series and comics in play over the decades, clearly Sony/Columbia does believe the franchise is a potentially lucrative one. Or at least one with enough nostalgia to wring some more money out of. They have given Aykroyd and company money to develop a script over the past two or three years, after all, and the plan most likely would be to set a new franchise in motion (Aykroyd, Ramis and Murray aren't exactly A-listers now and a full blown movie starring them would likely be akin to "Cocoon" or even worse, "Space Cowboys").

Moreover, the last few years of the picture's development have been rather publicly embarrassing, with rumors of Murray sending Aykroyd a shredded screenplay as his response to its quality, and further reports of Aykroyd calling Murray and asking him to stop trashing the project in the media. While it's only a small part of the public (film blog readers and film industry folks) who are likely aware of its problems, there's no denying that all the flailing around makes "Ghostbusters 3" a no-win situation and hurts the brand. Then again, your mom probably doesn't know or care at this point.

When was the last time a franchise was revived 25 years after the fact? (And let's not count the 16 years for "Star Wars" since it was a prequel with a mainly new cast). All of this begs the question that many of us in the film blogosphere have asked and often asked ad nauseum: Does anyone care about a "Ghostbusters 3" film? And more importantly, who besides Aykroyd, the creative team and Sony actually want to see this film? Discuss.

News
  • |

More: Ghostbusters 3, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray

Free Indie Movies and Documentaries    

9 Comments

  • Jens Mart | July 22, 2012 2:41 AMReply

    Hell yea I would watch it!!! I loved the fist Ghostbusters! The second one kind of sucked though:( but surely they wouldn't mess the 3rd one up! The first is a classic and Bill Murray made the movie funny! If he is not in the 3rd it would sadden me but I would still be first in line at the premiere along with thousands of others!

  • Olli | July 4, 2012 3:43 AMReply

    Well, I´m not interested and you surely won´t find me lining up to buy a ticket if this one will ever get made. The first was great, the second was crap and I´m not interested in seeing another installment. And I would be glad if I never have to read another piece about this project.

  • FibonacciRules | July 3, 2012 2:00 PMReply

    Dan Aykroyd is doing his reputation a great disservice by prolonging this Ghostbusters III nonsense.
    I think he does it intentionally to fail, just to have an alternate source of PR for his vodka.
    Why would he hold so firmly to a progect that depends so much on the participation of just one cast member when he could channel all this energy to a very easily produced and well received Blues Brothers sequel or spin-off?
    I know for a fact, from my industry contacts that there is a wonderful Blues Brothers script readily available by someone who is even on Twitter.
    It is very difficult to take Dan Aykroyd seriously when he does such career suicide.
    He should be very careful not to keep beating a dead horse.

  • Shannon | July 3, 2012 1:02 PMReply

    Oh C'mon, old ghostbusters is right...Who would want to see this, can't these guys ever get old gracefully. Their time as young blockbuster comedy/action stars has passed. Why don't they look for small smaller roles in movies like Moonrise kingdom, like Murray, and produce movies for younger stars Hollywood. They should give their ego's a rest. Enough already.

  • Todd Gordon | July 3, 2012 12:04 PMReply

    Does Hollywood care about a Ghostbusters 3? Frigging right they do. Previous material is what 99% of Hollywood these days.

  • read closer | July 3, 2012 12:09 PM

    Read closer, Hollywood cares, does anyone else?

  • Buddha Scribe | July 3, 2012 11:58 AMReply

    I would watch it. I probably would not want to pay full price unless a peice of the trailer completely blew me away. In all honestly thought I could care less if it's made or not.

  • Tom | July 3, 2012 11:47 AMReply

    I don't want to see Ghostbusters 3, but if it's made, they should let Jason Reitman direct it. Ha ha.

  • oh fuck that | July 3, 2012 11:46 AMReply

    who ya gonna call, oldbusters!
    ok murry will be calling this in (if he chooses to work on it)
    why would aykroyd push ahead (well money but nobody will watch without murry)?
    grumpy old busters

Email Updates