While speaking to Latino Review about his part in the upcoming Christamas comedy, Christmas With the Kranks, Dan Ayrkoyd was
asked, again, about Ghostbusters 3, to which he outlined mostly stuff we already knew. The only new twist is that
after working on an early draft of a third film with Aykroyd, it’s suggested that Harold Ramis has apparently joined the
not-interested camp. Whatever the case, it continues to look like GB3 isn’t happening anytime soon.
Aykroyd will be appearing on Conan O’Brien tomorrow night (Wednesday the 17th) to talk more about The Kranks (thanks to
Raysgal for spotting that one.)
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I mentioned about a month ago that Filmforce had a peek at the GB3 script and had a few thoughts on it. Well, not content with that, I’ve gotten a look at it my self. As was originally reported, the script is more premise than jokes, with Aykroyd going into great detail about various science gimmicks and the nature of the afterlife. The inclusion of Harold Ramis and Ivan Reitman to help fill out later version of the script and the rest of the cast to help bring their sense of humor to the set (such as Bill Murray’s ad-libbing) obviously played a much larger role in the first two movies than I’d imgagined, as Aykroyd uses the first draft to indugle his love of techno-babble and fringe theory. You can’t judge a book by its cover and you can’t judge a movie by its first draft, but it does make for dry reading.
There a lot in the script and I don’t want to detail it all as frankly that would just spoil the surprise on the off chance the third movie ever goes ahead. You can have a look at the Filmforce link above for Stax’s excellent report. There are only a few things I will add right now (though there may be more I think to add later)
After all these years, Aykroyd has made Ghostbusters a full blown corporation, with dozens of employees, including mechanics to look after the fleet of converted ambulances; one scene echoes the shot of the Ecto-1 driving across the Brooklyn Bridge, only this time there’s a whole line. They’ve also built themselves the Ecto-50, a converted truck with (if I understand correctly) its own containment unit. Winston is in fact a doctor, but it doesn’t feel quite right, as if the normal guy we identified with was now indistinguishable from the rest of the team – having him working on his degrees would have been cool, while still keeping him a tad more down to earth than Egon and Ray. Venkman is noticably absent for most of the movie, a concession I’m assuming to the fact that Murray didn’t want to do another GB installment. If I come across anything else that I think will turn your crank while not giving the story away, I’ll post it here.
This is basically an new comment on an old issue – at a recent press conference for his new movie Analyze That, Harold Ramis was asked to comment on a possible third GB installment. His answer was both funny (with Analyze That star Billy Crystal chiming in) and predictable, commenting yet again on the plan to introduce new busters and how Murray, who does not want a third movie, has become “obstructionist”. No new news, but a sad confirmation, yet again.
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In a recent interview with Empire magazine, Sigourney Weaver spoke briefly about the possibility of new films in the Aliens and Ghostbusters series. Forecast? Sucky.
“As for a [Ghostbusters] Part 3, that’s highly unlikely, I think our bustin’ days are long gone – we’d be a very sorry bunch of very old ghostbusters now.”
A fairly good point actually.
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.”