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Aykroyd Is Off Ghostbuster 3 If Not Started Within A Few Months

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Posted by: Matt McGloin, Editor/Publisher
created 12/05/2012 - 8:33pm, updated 12/05/2012 - 8:37pm

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4475 "Ghostbusters 3" might finally get underway soon -- or it just might get put into the containment chamber for good.

Dan Aykroyd, who has been working on variations of the script for years, gave an update on the project and while he hinted at possible additional Ghost Busters movies, he also stated that if "Ghost Busters 3" doesn't get going, the principal actors on the project will be moving on.

Now, this would add quite a bump to Sony's bottom line, quite a bump. If they make this movie, in its current shape, they would be looking at a pretty hefty, nine-figure return. And so I'm hoping they get on to move it, but if they don't, I have multiple trains. I've got tracks six, seven, and nine, and that's four. I'll be moving on to other things, as will Ivan, by the way. We can't wait forever. And now's the time to tell the picture company, and I'd say this quite publically, it's time now to sit down and make this movie, or you will lose your main principals, and you won't be able to make it without us, because we have rights, and now is time to make the movie... You don't take advantage of that in the next three or four months, I'll see you in Australia, where we'll be selling Crystal Head.

Aykroyd also states that if his pal Bill Murray would have went with one of the previous scripts, "Ghostbusters 3" would have been released this Summer and been a blockbuster.

Well, let me say this: Had Billy chosen to do the Eisenberg/Stupnitsky script of two years ago, it would be out this summer, and it would be a massive hit. If Billy had said yes, it would have satisfied his performance and what he wanted in the movie, it would have satisfied his performing skill and how he wanted to be depicted in the movie, it would have satisfied the studio, the writers who wrote it, everybody — Ivan, me, Harold, we were all happy with it. Then when he said, "Absolutely not, I'm not in this," we had to go and really rethink things. He abrogated his say in the project, abrogated his rights to have any say in it by refusing the third offer from the picture company, which his lawyer put before him, and Billy said, "No, I can't respond." Now we have to move on, but we'll always leave a hole for him. He's always there. He can always come back at any time and be rebuilt into it, as far as I'm concerned. That's up to his lawyer and the picture company to work out, but creatively, he will always be a part of it.

Aykroyd also hints at a previous story they have written for the new movie that could eventually make its way into further Ghostbusters sequels.

Man-hell-ttan, and the Ghostbusters in hell, would be so solid, but we gotta get maybe one or two made before that.

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