Could it be possible that Dan Aykroyd has gone completely insane? Unlikely. He’s been talking about this Ghostbusters 3 movie for years now, updating us with news. Only problem is…I haven’t heard anyone else chime in.
Today we get a bit of welcome news peppered with some WTF elements. Here is a quote from The Guardian about Aykroyd’s thoughts on the film:
“A period piece, it takes place two years after the events of the second movie and sees Manhattan once again under threat. It’s closer in scale to Aykroyd’s original vision but in canon terms, it’s the next chapter of the story.
And now for the supernatural bit: after coming together for the game, all the players have stated their intentions to go back, and a script is being written by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, writers on the US Office.
According to reports the original cast will act as mentors, handing the company over to a new generation, likely to be from the Seth Rogen and Steve Carell class of actors who are filling up just the same space in Hollywood as Aykroyd and Murray once did. “There’ll be a whole new generation that has to be trained and a leader that you’ll all love when you meet her,” says Aykroyd. “There’ll be lots of cadets, boys and girls who’ll be learning how to use the neuron splitter and the inter-planet interceptor – new tools to enable them to slip from dimension to dimension.”
Everything involving adding Rogen and a new crew is really in line with what I hope this movie will be, but there are a few unsettling details buried in the bottom of this article…
“There’ll be a whole new generation that has to be trained and a leader that you’ll all love when you meet her.” Couple that last word with THIS STORY about Alyssa Milano and Eliza Dushku possibly being involved, and I start to cringe. It’s not that I have a problem with a female Ghostbuster. It’s that I have a problem with those actresses filling the role, and I don’t like the idea of making some type of anti-sexist statement. Ripley was a badass leader in the Alien films and nobody gave it a second thought. But I guess Sigourney Weaver is unavailable for the part.
Also, ”…lots of cadets, boys and girls who’ll be learning how to use the neuron splitter and the inter-planet interceptor – new tools to enable them to slip from dimension to dimension”? Not sure if I’m liking the over-the-top sci-fi nature of this. It might be cool, but it also might be very un-Ghostbusters.
Which brings me back to my central question…does this really exist? Sure, real names have been bandied about, but the only person I’ve heard say a single word about this property is the UFO obsessed Aykroyd. I love the guy, but isn’t it possible that Ghostbusters 3 lives only in the man’s head? Or that he’s developing a property with his own cash and resources while the rest of Hollywood rolls their eyes?
I do hope they make a good sequel, and I wish Mr. Aykroyd all the best. I’d just like to see some more people talking about it…about their ideas for this movie…even just to prove that there is really some tangible action happening other than a couple of writers pumping out an “out there” sci-fi script that will never see the light of day.