Aykroyd describes GB3 as in “suspended animation”, ponders replacing Murray

As always, any Dan Aykroyd talk about a third Ghostbusters has to be taken with a certain amount of analysis. He is always promoting a third film and at any given time he will always talk about what pieces and players are in place. Which is what makes his recent trip to the UK notable. While spending a considerable amount of time correcting reporters that there’s no way Bill Murray would be so callous as to shred any GB3 script sent to him, he was less cheery about the project when talking to the Telegraph;

Will the film ever materialise?

“I honestly don’t know. At this point it’s in suspended animation. The studio, the director Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis feel there must be a way to do it, but Bill Murray will not do the movie. He doesn’t want to be involved. He’s got six kids, houses all over America. He golfs in these tournaments where they pay him to turn up and have a laugh. He’s into this life and living it. I know we’d have a lot of fun [but] I can’t be mad at him. He’s a friend first, a colleague second. We have a deep personal relationship that transcends business and he doesn’t want to know.”

He’s recently begun to consider recasting Murray’s role with another actor. Or perhaps, I suggest, his character could come back as a ghost in CGI so the actor doesn’t need to give up the golfing? It’s obviously something that has crossed Aykroyd’s mind, but he wonders if Murray would give his approval even to that.

“We’re not going to do a movie that exploits the franchise. The script has to be perfect. I’m the cheerleader, but I’m only one voice in the matter. It’s a surety that Bill Murray will not do the movie, however there is still interest from the studio.” Aykroyd looks pained. It only seems fair to return to a subject that brings him nothing but joy: alcohol.

So, I think we can safely move the Ghostbusters Doomsday clock back from 11 to 9 – this is the first time Ayrkoyd has said anything solid about Murray not being involved. It doesn’t take into account the fact that Murray still holds a stake in the franchise, or that Ivan Reitman holds considerable powers in the making of a third movie, but it is a very different interview than ever before. Let’s hope that if there is in fact a clear “no” from Murray, Sony can finally work to move on the film or shelve it forever.

Castle producer hopes for Aykroyd Halloween cameo, Frasier writer to script.

During the San Diego Comic-Con, it was revealed that ABC’s cop-mystery, Castle, will have a Ghostbusters-themed Halloween episode. At the time, the appearance of any Ghostbusters stars was all enthusiastic speculation based around producer Laurie Zaks` quoted hope that she could get one of the original Ghostbusters on the show.

What can people expect in Season 4? A special Halloween episode, which will be Ghostbusters-themed. Executive producer Laurie Zaks said later to reporters that she hoped they could have one of the original Ghostbusters appear.

Yesterday, TV Guide`s Keck`s Exclusives column revived the story thus;

This season, Castle will mark the holidays in a big way. “We’re planning a Ghostbusters-themed episode to air on Halloween night,” reports executive producer Laurie Zaks. Who’s she gonna call to offer a guest role? Original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd, of course.

It`s impossible to tell if this is drawn from the Comic-Con coverage a couple of weeks back, or Keck actually talking to Zaks, which people are to infer (probably by design) by the lack of any sort of clarification. It`s also not clear if she actually said she wants Dan Ayrkoyd to cameo or if it`s Keck`s pick (not an unreasonable – I think pretty much everyone immediately thinks of Dan as the perfect candidate, with Ernie Hudson as a close second), but regardless, the article is clear on one thing;

No offer has been made.

Not that this has stopped the follow-up by entertainment sites from changing a maybe into a definite. Screen Rant and TV Fanatic have both lifted their news from Keck, but in the translation, maybe became an absolutely – this may be academic, as said above, Ayrkoyd is a solid pick. The man loves ever chance to show Hollywood how much people love Ghostbusters. But he`s also a busy man, so until there`s a confirmation, this one should simmer for awhile.

In another interview producer Zaks`talked a bit about the new writing staff on the show, and confirmed that Malcolm in the Middle and Fraiser writer Rob Hanning will be scripting the Ghostbusters episode. You can`t go wrong letting a comedy writer handle the comedy homage.

Are there new writers on the table too?
Laurie Zaks: Yeah, two new writers. One of them was in the panel here today, Christine Boylan, who is a wonderful young writer who comes from Leverage and was on Off the Map last year. Everybody wanted her, and I used a personal relationship. I worked with her husband, who just wrote Final Destination that was here, and also The Thing. And also Rob Hanning, who’s also a wonderful writer who comes from the comedy world. Rob was on Frasier for ten years so he’s really terrific. It’s a good staff. Rob is doing the Ghostbusters episode, Christine is percolating on hers.

Stay tuned!

More Aykroyd signings for March

Check your calendar – Dan continues his signings across the country. The Crystal Head Vodka site lists some signing for March, but not all, it looks like. I’m not sure if that’s because some of his signings are for his wine, but not, technically, for the vodka. But whatever – if you see a signing, send it in!

Tuesday, March 9 from 4pm to 6pm.
Albertsons Store
10250 West Charleston Boulevard
Las Vegas, Nevada

Thursday, March 11 from 4pm to 6pm.
Walgreens
3400 Coors Boulevard NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Friday, March 19 from 2pm to 4pm. (tentative – see below)
Viscount Wine & Liqour Store
21173 Route 9
Wappingers Fall, New York

Friday, March 19 from 1pm to 3pm. (tentative – see above)
Canal’s Liquor Store
3375 Route 1
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-2414

Aykroyd signings in Manhattan Beach and NJ

Check your calendar – Dan continues his signings across the country.

Saturday, Feb 20, 2-4 PM
Beverages and More (BevMo!)
1700 Rosecrans Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90245

Friday, March 19 from 1pm to 3pm.
Canal’s Liquor Store
3375 Route 1
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-2414

Thanks to mburkit and kind2311 at the GBFans messageboards for the heads up!

[UPDATE] Thanks to The Private Sector columnist Troy, here’s that clip of Dan, on LA’s 95.5 KLOS Mark and Brian show, if anyone wants to talk to him about Yogi Bear. Also, it a nice, if vague, confirmation that the script is undergoing polish, with the hope that everyone will dig it and filming can begin.

I’m not sure why he thinks Anna Faris is dead though – he might be confusing her with Britney Murphy.

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Sam’s Club to auction Aykroyd-signed posters [UPDATE]

Are they auctioning them for a charity or something? Don’t know, BUT, Sam’s Club will be auctioning three Ghostbusters The Video Game posters, signed by Dan Aykroyd. The auctions will also include a copy of the game – one for the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii. The auctions will go live on June 11th.

[UPDATE]

The auctions also include the exclusive gold proton pack, as well as the poster and copy of the game (for the PS3 and Xbox versions only.)

PS3 Auction is live!
Xbox 360 Auction is live!
Wii Auction is live!