Ghostbusters III gains old cast loses director
It's much as I thought and said some time back, the old crew of Ghostbusters looks set to appear just enough to rope in the old fans and then pass everything over to a new team, and Dan Aykroyd says just that when he's been interviewed about the state of the project.
There's other good news though, the entire old cast are signed up for the third film, and that's a huge undertaking just getting them to agree, that includes Bill Murray, the man who has continually said no.
So we're seeing Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and of course Dan Aykroyd himself return to Ghostbusters III, however I'm still not convinced that the script is all sorted out.
The story from the L.A. Times through Bloody Disgusting, tells us that Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky are behind the script, the guys who wrote Year One which Ramis directed, but there's no real word on how well the script is going, and it looks like it's far from complete when Aykroyd starts talking about what he wants in the story.
He's hoping for a team of five people with several female members, and this will make the new generation, however it's the last point that catches my eye and makes me realise just how they secured everyone and how long they might actually be in the film.
“I'd like it to be a passing-of-the-torch movie. Let's revisit the old characters briefly and happily and have them there as family but let's pass it on to a new generation.”
So he wants the old cast to appear long enough to pass the torch on then the rest of the film will be the new guys, yes, this is looking like we're going to see them just enough to base the story for the existing Ghostbuster fans and then move the story onto the new ones.
He also mentions the director, or lack of. Previously it was hoped that Ivan Reitman would return to direct the film, but Aykroyd is saying that he's far too busy with all his production work so his second choice is Harold Ramis.
Now that's not such a bad thing, he's part of the team, he co-wrote the first two Ghostbusters, and he has a lot of directorial notches on his camera tripod, including Groundhog Day with Murray.
While I think the directorial choice will work out just fine, if it is Ramis that is, I'm still not convinced by the brief appearance of the old team to hand over to the new. Are you?