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SNL Veterans Dan Aykroyd And Chevy Chase Teaming Up To Write Comedy Screenplay

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by Joe Cunningham
March 20, 2012 11:40 AM
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Dan Aykroyd may be mostly busy these days talking up a “Ghostbusters” sequel that seems unlikely to ever happen (and do we even want it to without the involvement of the great Bill Murray?), while Chevy Chase is part of television’s best comedy ensemble on NBC’s “Community.” Their respective stars may not be as high as they once were, and likely never will be again, but let’s not forget how talented these two men have shown themselves to be, so it’s with a degree of excitement that we welcome news that the pair are planning to re-team for a new comedy.

The duo previously worked together on John Landis’ “Spies Like Us,” as well as on Aykroyd’s only film as director, “Nothing But Trouble,” and both provided their voice to an episode of "Family Guy" that spoofed the former film as recently as 2009. How likely it is that this new project will actually come to fruition is up for debate, but according to an update on Aykroyd’s Facebook page (via Coming Soon), the comedy legends are certainly going to be trying their best to make this happen. Aykroyd wrote: “Chevy (Chase) and I are about to start work on a script concept for a comedy movie. Cannot say too much about the concept, but the joy of working with him again is one that I am extremely excited about. Chevy is one of my favourite people, and one of the great anarchistic and physically committed comedians in the business.”

Any fan of “Community” will attest to the fact that over the years Chase has lost none of his anarchic spirit, while the sheer volume of pratfalls he gets through each season suggest that those old bones are still up to the demands of physical comedy.  We’re hoping that the pair can write comedy as well as they can perform it, but Chase’s most recent writing credit was way back in 1993 on the short-lived “The Chevy Chase Show,” while the last non-“Ghostbusters”-related writing from Aykroyd was “Blues Brothers 2000” 14 years ago. We’ll keep our eyes on this one, but it’s probably still a long way from making it before a camera.

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