Friday, October 08, 2010

Crossing the Streams

A hypothetical third Ghostbusters movie has been been "in discussion" as an abstract for so long that I'm pretty much convinced at this point that it'll never actually happen. Heck, even Bill Murray, without whom the whole conversation is academic anyway, seemed to concur this past July.  But leave it to Dan Aykroyd, the heart of the Ghostbusters, to step into the breach via a chat with Vanity Fair's Susan Michals, in which clarifies that everything is still full steam ahead, and Murray was just funnin':
He [Murray] was talking about the writers from Year One, and I think he was reacting to the box-office success and the general public view of the film, which in my view was a very serviceable comedy, and in the end I think they’ll make their money back. I think he was concerned that the writing on Ghostbusters 3 by these guys would not be up to standard, but I can tell you firsthand, I’m working on the script now and those two—Stupnitsky and Eisenberg, [writer-producers of The Office]—wrote Bill the comic role of a lifetime, and the new Ghostbusters and the old are all well represented in it…we have a strong first draft that Harold [Ramis] and I will take back, and I’m very excited about working on it.
On how he'd play the part again after twenty-plus years: has to evolve. Now [in Ghostbusters 3] my character’s eyesight is shot, I got a bad knee, a bad hip—I can’t drive that caddy anymore or lift that Psychotron Accelerator anymore, it’s too heavy. We need young legs, new minds—new Ghostbusters; so I’m in essence passing the torch to the new regime, and you know what? That’s totally okay with me.
I'm okay with it too, but, y'know, whatever.

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