Dan Aykroyd has once again stated that Ghostbusters 3 could start filming “next year”.
For those of you who are living under a rock (or just not particularly interested), he has been saying it will start filming “next year” for over a decade.
Whilst the cynical amongst you might suggest he is doing it only to keep interest in the franchise (I hate that word!) to flog more toys and cartoon spin-offs, he does actually appear to be very sincere about the whole event.
He has had countless scripts written from a variety of writers (here is an article about a discarded Ghostbusters 3 script, dating back to 1999!), but so far it remains unmade. Why?
Well the answer is very simply:
Bill Murray does not want to do it. He has seen several versions of the script and none of them have been able to entice him back (or in some cases, to even read it). He doesn’t like sequels, had a bad experience with Ghostbusters 2 and aside from Garfield 2, hasn’t done a sequel since.
Now, they could, in theory, make it without him, but seeing as he was the main factor in making the original as good as it was, it would be a terrible mistake. Everyone knows this, which is why Dan Aykroyd is so keen to get him on board. But he won’t do it.
I think we have reached a point (well, several years ago now) that it will not, and probably, should not happen. Dan’s friends and family need to sit him down and have an intervention. They should say “Dan, we know you love Ghostbusters, we do too! But you have to accept that fact that it isn’t going to happen and move on.” And if he still isn’t convinced then they can point to Blues Brothers 2000 as a reason why it should be left in the past.