Aykroyd says Ghostbusters 3 happening...again
I don't know about you but I'm a little tainted about this whole Ghostbusters sequel idea, in fact I'm more than a little tainted I am sick fed up of it. We've heard time and time again that the film is just around the corner, but that's not the part that has me fed up, it's this drive to make another film no matter that no one wanted it, no matter no one was signed up, no script, no studio. Yet at every point they've just kept hammering their head against the wall hoping for a crack.
The motivation to make the third film doesn't appear to be a love of the franchise, I don't really know what it is, but it isn't for the love of the characters, as Aykroyd says, they're just there to hand it away.
We've heard it all before though, there's a script, everyone's on board but Bill Murray, and that they're going to make the film, and we even know what's intended for the franchise, the obligatory handover to the young characters, but Dan Aykroyd has revealed some new facts to the whole story, and it's even more worrying for Ghostbusters fans.
"Yes, we will be doing the movie and hopefully with Mr. Murray...That is our hope. We have an excellent script."
Well that was nothing new really, we've heard it all before, but it's what comes next that is the surprise. So far it's been all about getting Bill Murray on board, apart from of course getting a script, director, actors, money, studio and deals to make and distribute the film. Now Aykroyd is starting to take a different tact, with or without you Murray.
"What we have to remember is that 'Ghostbusters' is bigger than any one component, although Billy was absolutely the lead and contributive to it in a massive way, as was the director and Harold [Ramis], myself and Sigourney [Weaver]. The concept is much larger than any individual role and the promise of 'Ghostbusters 3' is that we get to hand the equipment and the franchise down to new blood."
So it doesn't really matter about Murray because we're all just handing it over to another group of people. In fact it wouldn't really matter about any of them because the film is about the new, young crew.
"My character, Ray, is now blind in one eye and can't drive the cadillac," he says, "He's got a bad knee and can't carry the packs...Egon is too large to get into the harness. We need young blood and that's the promise. We're gonna hand it to a new generation."
There's your confirmation. For me it's all rather disappointing, they're going to be there to establish that they can't do anything anymore, and to go through scenes from the first Ghostbusters where we saw them interviewing for employees.
Fire up scenes of the oldies trying to teach the new crew and both sides bungling things up, and we're going to have hilarity galore, just the way we want to see the old crew go out. Hopefully it'll be sooner than later in the film.
The question though is not if Ghostbusters III really will get made, nor if Murray will stay out of the project, nor if they will finally ask Ernie Hudson to join, and not even how much of the film they'll be in, the question is do we all want to see the standard, hand over to the new kids, formula which really hasn't been successful so far.
Aykroyd is right, Ghostbusters is not an individual, it's a team, so isn't it a contradiction to be handing the entire team over to a new set of younger actors?