Ghostbusters III is apparently still a go; at least according to the latest statements by Dan Aykroyd.
News about this would-sequel have often made it feel as if us fans are being trolled. The script by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg (The Office, Year One) has supposedly been floating around like a runaway apparition for quite some time. Yet, the narrative continued to be that star, Bill Murray had not yet read the script, an excuse that has continued for such a long amount of time, it starts to make one think.
However, Aykroyd states unambiguously that the proton packs will once more be wielded on the big screen. But, as far as Murray goes, it's still "yes," but with an asterisk.
As Aykroyd reveals on The Dennis Miller Show:
"Yes, we will be doing the movie and hopefully with Mr. Murray. That is our hope. We have an excellent script. What we have to remember is that 'Ghostbusters' is bigger than any one component, although Billy was absolutely the lead and contributive to it in a massive way, as was the director and Harold [Ramis], myself and Sigourney [Weaver]. The concept is much larger than any individual role and the promise of 'Ghostbusters 3' is that we get to hand the equipment and the franchise down to new blood."
It seems that the guys are at a point where they are seriously considering moving forward without Bill Murray's Peter Venkman on board. While Aykroyd is correct in that the Ghostbusters concept is larger than any one character, the crux of the film's charm did center on the dynamic between the characters, in which Murray was the central part.
Peter Venkman was the character through which the audiences could identify as he shot a sarcastic one-liner at Egon and Ray's techno-babble or reacted with the proper amount of horror and humor at the incoming supernatural threat. It's a very necessary component.
Aykroyd goes on to reveal some details about the long-in-development sequel:
"My character, Ray, is now blind in one eye and can't drive the cadillac," he says, "He's got a bad knee and can't carry the packs... Egon is too large to get into the harness. We need young blood and that's the promise. We're gonna hand it to a new generation."
Also, while an array of actors in the Saturday Night Live circle, like Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig have been rumored to take these "young blood" roles, Aykroyd actually names Criminal Minds star, Matthew Gray Gubler as someone he's interested in casting. He'd also make clear that the next-gen Ghostbuster team would be "three guys and a young woman."
What do you think about the current state of Ghostbusters III?