Dan Aykroyd has been a strong supporter of a third Ghost Busters film for a while now, but lately he has been promoting his Crystal Head Vodka on an International RV Tour (Akroyd doesn’t fly if he doesn’t have to)
But on that tour Vanity Fair cleverly steered the talk of promoting his Vodka to promoting films asking how they are similar, then digging deep for the question they really wanted to ask.
They wanted to know how Aykroyd felt about the disparaging comments Bill Murray has made about the writing team currently trying to tempt him with a script for Ghost Busters 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.
So Aykroyd is taking the script and “working on it” suggests to me that he is polishing the script. Some sources are reporting that he is re-writing the whole thing.
I just hope they focus on making a great sequel that passes the torch instead of worrying about writing this to please Bill Murray. I know it wont move forward without him, but they have to have a good product not just good for Bill.
I have faith that in the end Murray will let down his guard and have some fun with it so we can get this long awaited sequel.
The way its written, if the sequel works it will spawn a new generation of Ghost Busters, and that I would like to see.