While most GB fans realised that it was unrealistic to hope for a sequel to Ghostbusters anytime soon, the few who still had high hopes were crushed today by Dan Aykroyd’s interview on Access Hollywood.
“It doesn’t look good right now, and I’m sorry to say that.”, said Aykroyd.
Basically the interview confirmed that;
* Aykroyd’s relations with Sony were sour that that after 10 years of working with them (indirectly through Columbia) he would be moving his offices off the studio lot.
* That a sequel would cost an estimated $120 Million US to produce.
* That Sony turned cold on the idea of a sequel in the wake of the indie hit The Blair Witch Project.
* There would be no hope of a rival studio making the sequel since Sony holds the rights to the movie.
* The Ghostbusters franchise has grossed over $1.5 Billion US worldwide and that third sequel could bring in as much as another $500 Million.
Aykroyd said that he wasn’t angry over the matter, rather he was “resigned and passionate”. His suggestion to Sony was simple;
“Sometimes you have to seed for the big harvest to come in.”
While acting as parade co-marshall at the 72nd Shennandoah Apple Blossom Festival (Virginia) with his wife Donna Dixon (Dixon is from Virginia), Dan Aykroyd confirmed the same old Ghostbusters 3 news.
There’s a script that Aykroyd, Ivan Reitman, and Harold Ramis are working on. Business matters are being looked into with Sony. Ghostbusters 3 will take Ghostbusters into “the next generation”. None is this expands on anything we’ve already heard.
Bear in mind that the festival was this past spring, and Aykroyd’s statement is five months old. You’ll recall that Ramis and Aykroyd made similar statements in the months prior to the festival. Still, a confirmation is a confirmation.
Pretty funny stuff.
A fan at this weeks WWF RAW telecast was holding up a sign that said “SLIMER 3:16”. A Ghostbustin’ nod to the famous “AUSTIN 3:16” (as in Steve Austin. Fans often spoof the sign), which is itself a nod to the even more famous “JOHN 3:16” signs made part of popular culture by that guy who used to show up at sporting events with his sign and a rainbow fright wig. He has a name, I just can’t remember it.
Thanks to Paul at Spook Central for the use of the picture. Click on the picture or link to see Paul’s much better and more complete screen grab.
I recently stumbled upon this Quicktime clip wherein Dan Aykroyd explains how Men In Black isn’t simply a fusion of The Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters.
Dvdreview.com has scored an excellent interview with Harold Ramis.
Thanks to big Dave G. for the tip!