After years of false starts and interpersonal conflict, it looks like Ghostbusters 3 may be inching closer to getting made, according to one of its creators.
Dan Aykroyd, who played Ray in both the 1984 original and the sequel five years later, was a guest on The Big Interview with Dan Rather and said he is currently working on a screenplay. What's more, he alludes to having the support of the cast member who has been the toughest to persuade over the years: Bill Murray.
“There is a possibility of a reunion with the three remaining Ghostbusters,” Aykroyd said. “It’s being written right now."
In a script that was reportedly greenlit before the death of Harold Ramis (Peter Venkman) in 2014, Murray's character was intended to be a ghost. Aykroyd's remarks give the impression he's working on something using a similar plot, though he will need to write around the absence of Ramis, who not only starred in the first two films but was also a co-writer.
This is the latest in a long list of Ghostbusters projects that have yet to materialize, with an animated feature film having been proposed in 2015. Ivan Reitman, the original film's director, has continued to express his interest in picking up where the live-action movies left off, though it is unclear whether his vision and Aykroyd's are unified.
The Ghostbusters franchise has seen its fair share of drama in the 35 years since its inception. Murray, who was dismayed by the toned down and special effects-heavy second film, distanced himself from any future projects, though he maintained his relationships with most of his co-stars. Murray and Ramis had a falling-out while filming Groundhog Day in 1993, patching things up only after Ramis fell ill more than 20 years later. The dividing lines between Ghostbusters alumni became clearer when an all-female reboot was announced by director Paul Feig in 2016: Aykroyd publicly slammed the concept and its inflated budget, while Murray went so far as to film a small role in support of the film, which was dedicated to Ramis.
All of these rifts haven't dampened Aykroyd's creative energy, nor his hope for a peaceful reunion of the surviving original cast. In his conversation with Rather, Aykroyd said, "I think Billy will come. The story’s so good. Even if he plays a ghost.”
It remains to be seen whether a Ghostbusters 3 would find more critical and box office success than the Melissa McCarthy-led 2016 version, but between decades of fan demand and Aykroyd's determination, audiences might be able to find out for themselves in the near future.
(via Bloody Disgusting)