For the first time in what seems like months, we finally have somewhat of a substantial 'Ghostbusters 3' update that does not include Bill Murray going off on how terrible of an idea it is. Out promoting his Crystal Head Vodka via his traveling RV (don't ask), Dan Aykroyd updated Vanity Fair on where the long-in-development 'Ghostbusters 3' is at this point in time. Last we heard from 'Ghostbusters 3', Bill Murray was out trashing the film's screenwriters, Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, claiming (in so many words) that their last big-screen venture, 'Year One', was ... well, one of the worst films ever made.
Murray said, "Year One.' Well, I never went to see 'Year One,' but people who did, including other Ghostbusters, said it was one of the worst things they had ever seen in their lives. So that dream just vaporized. That was gone. But it's the studio that really wants this thing. It's a franchise. It's a franchise, and they made a whole lot of money on 'Ghostbusters.'"
When asked about Murray's comments, Aykroyd admitted that he's now in charge of the 'Ghostbusters 3' script while also defending Stupitsky and Eisenberg's version, claiming they wrote Murray a classic role in it. Aykroyd noted, "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."
Aykroyd then followed that up by talking a bit about where his character is at all these years later, as well as why they're even attempting another sequel decades after the previous installment hit theaters. "Look, Hollywood is in love with any kind of nostalgia that can prove itself to be commercial," he said. "But it has to evolve. Now [in Ghostbusters 3] my character's eyesight is shot, I got a bad knee, a bad hip-I can't drive that caddy anymore or lift that Psychotron Accelerator anymore, it's too heavy. We need young legs, new minds-new Ghostbusters; so I'm in essence passing the torch to the new regime, and you know what? That's totally okay with me."
Still no word on additional cast members, production schedule or release date (2012 is all we have in terms of when we think it'll hit theaters), but it's good to hear that all the old Ghostbusters are well represented, and that it won't just be them showing up for lame cameos in order to hand the torch to the younger generation. Then again, Aykroyd's selling alien-head vodka out of his RV, so is this the guy we really want in charge of further 'Ghostbusters' adventures?