Sigh. Oh, . Dan, Dan, Dan. Does anyone feel that his proclamations about Ghostbusters happening are, at this point, equivalent to listening to the crazy guy at the bus stop rave on about the space pigs from planet Xanadu that are inside people's brains right now? At first, his conviction actually gets you to stop and listen for a minute. Later, you realize that the only person who seems to believe this is him. And lastly, you've heard him say it so many times that you just start to ignore him as background crazy talk.
I kind of feel like that's where Aykroyd is by now every time he talks about the third installment of the Ghostbusters franchise moving forward. An audience can only hear, "No, it's totally happening, you guys - for real this time!" so many times before they start to lose interest. Especially when that audience is almost a quarter century removed from the last time they saw the franchise in theaters.
Seriously, almost a quarter century. Wrap your aging brains around THAT, fellow children of the 80s.
I mean, the last time we heard, was still definitely not on board with the project, and Sony put the film on ice because of enormous financial troubles. But Aykroyd, in full bus stop homeless mode, not only claims there is yet another team of scriptwriters doing a rewrite (So we're up to, what, the 47th reiteration now?) that will be more "scientific", but also the film will start shooting in 2014:
I feel re-encouraged, reinvigorated by the pages that I have seen. I know that we’re expecting half of the screenplay to be completed very soon. It should be into production by the fall and be shooting by the new year. I won’t say anything, it’s very exciting. The Higgs Boson and the particle theories, gluons and mesons, that really gives us a scientific base in terms of our fictional storytelling, to open up to another dimension and have something horrible come through.
But in case you were wondering (you probably weren't), no, Bill Murray still has no apparent interest in the project. That doesn't seem to daunt Aykroyd at all, however, who continues to act as if it's just a matter of time. Sometimes, we win through attrition, don't we, Dan? Like when you're so tired of your friend's constant badgering that you just agree to do something to get him to shut up...(Sidenote, I just looked for a video clip of the scene from Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back where and get self-referential re: being in good friend 's movie and could not find it anywhere. Damn you, internet!):
We’re going to really put it into ninth gear, in this third one. It’s going to be very, very exciting. I’ve been more encouraged than I ever have been. It sounds real now. We’ve got a sharp new writer on it, Ivan (Reitman) is on it, Harold (Ramis) is on it, I’m on it. And if I can put the catch-net on Billy [Murray] and bring him in, it will be wonderful, if he decides to do it. There will always be a hole for him.
At this point, Akyroyd appears to be the only confirmed person involved who is in any way excited or vocal about this project. I don't know whether to commend him for his faith and persistence, or whether one of the old gang needs to sit him down for an intervention.
Either way, it doesn't appear we'll be seeing Ghostbusters 3 any time soon.