The time for Dan Aykroyd to drop a deuce or get off the Ghostbusters 3 pot is fast approaching. Last summer he claimed that a script for the third unnecessary sequel to the classic supernatural comedy was basically done and would be ready for a Spring or Summer 2012 shoot. He also stated that the movie would happen with or without the presence of one Bill Murray in his iconic role of Peter Venkman. Well, with that deadline coming toward him like a runaway Ecto-1, Aykroyd insists that he’ll play this game of chicken to the bitter end.
Speaking with Empire recently, Aykroyd continued to say much of the same, insisting that he and most of the rest of the original cast were determined to bring a third chapter in the Ghostbusters franchise to the big screen. But this time the actor and paranormal truth seeker threw out a few more Twinkies to the not-exactly-hungry masses. First, he talked about the long
dead gestating screenplay:
“The script must be perfect. We cannot release a film that is any less than that. We have more work to do.”
At this point, I’m not even convinced a script has ever actually existed. If one has or ever will, it sure as hell won’t be perfect. The first two movies can’t even been described as such, though the first comes awful close. So, if that’s your requisite, Dan, go ahead and quit now. (Seriously. Quit.)
Next, he shot down the prospect that Bill Murray sent back his last script — shredded — with a note that read No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts! I’d believe that before I’d believe a new movie is going to get made, but Aykroyd says it’s false:
“Bill Murray is not capable of such behavior. This is simply something that would not be in his nature. We have a deep, private personal relationship that transcends business. We communicate frequently and his position on the involvement in Ghostbusters 3 has been made clear and I respect that. But Bill has too much positive estimation of my writing skills to shred the work.” (Emphasis mine.)
Note that he doesn’t say the note itself was false, but then the IMDB page lists several fairly young, very attractive actresses as “rumored” next generation ‘busters. So you know it must be true. (Emphasis mine.)
Apparently, Aykroyd went on to clarify his previous assertion that Ghostbusters 3 could exist without Murray by saying that the character is bigger than the actor. By saying that Peter Venkman is Jack Ryan. There’s no direct quote for this, but that would be, by far, the stupidest damn thing I’ve ever heard someone , much less Dan Aykroyd say. And I’ve seen this. Venkman could, I suppose, be Ryan, but nobody is Bill Murray. Nobody. Who in that age bracket would even contemplate doing this? The outcome be worse than replacing “The Simpsons’” voice cast.
Finally, Aykroyd mentioned the one thing that might make a new Ghostbusters feature film actually worthwhile. Or, at least, worth catching on Netflix View Instant.
“If we can get the script to Ghostbusters 3 right, then it would definitely have Moranis as a major component. None of us would want to do the movie without having him as a participant.”
I assume he meant Rick Moranis, the one actor along with Gene Wilder whose retirement is lamentable, and not Stu Moranis, the guy in everyone’s office whose cubicle always smells like onions. The possibility of Rick Moranis being in a new movie that isn’t a Honey, I Shrunk The Kids sequel is highly appealing, which really ought to be inherent. But I’d much rather see a New Rick Moranis Movie* than a new Ghostbusters. Why would Aykroyd want to taint his friend’s well-earned lifetime vacation with yet another ho’d-out sequel?
Especially one without Bill Murray.
* (Emphasis mine.)
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and his ware can be purchased here (if you’re into that sort of thing). He’s really very sorry for the opening visual, but he’s really very much still a child.