Following in the same vein as his recent Breakfast TV appearance, Dan Aykroyd spoke to Vanity Fair a bit about Bill Murray’s negative reaction to the film, Year One, and the realistic aging of the third team. Big nods to Hayden for spotting the piece.
Speaking of your film career, last month in GQ Bill Murray said something that wasn’t so nice about Ghostbusters 3.
He 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.
Bill and Ted 3. Heathers 2. True Lies 2. Really?
Look, Hollywood is in love with any kind of nostalgia that can prove itself to be commercial. But it 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.
The door isn’t entirely closed, and if Dan and Harold are in fact working on the re-write, it’s quite possible that from Sony’s side, things are still tentatively moving forward for filming in the Spring. However, as with most comments from Dan, it is reassurance that things haven’t entirely shut-down, more than a clear indication that things are finalized and moving ahead full-steam.