Dan Aykroyd Talks ‘Ghostbusters 3’

Columbia Pictures is developing the project which may start production this winter.

The Los Angeles Times recently caught up with Dan Aykroyd who confirmed that Ghostbusters 3 is in development at Columbia Pictures and may start filming in the winter:

Aykroyd said Sigourney Weaver is on board now, as are the original squad of ectoplasmic specialists -- Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. Murray's presence was the pivot point in making a third film happen.

"We could be in production by winter."

The script is by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, the writing team behind the upcoming Jack Black/Michael Cera movie Year One (directed by Ramis), and Aykroyd is enthused about its premise of a new generation of Ghostbusters taking over the duties of the aging team. Aykroyd said he wishes Ivan Reitman would return to direct the third film in the series but that he's "too busy as a mega-producer" to take it on; his second choice is Ramis, who, of course, co-wrote the first two Ghostbusters films with Aykroyd and has numerous directing credits, most notably Groundhog Day and Analyze This. "He has a lot of things going on, but it would be wonderful to see him do it."

The details of story are still in play, but Aykroyd said he's hoping for a five-member "new generation" team with several female members. "I'd like it to be a passing-of-the-torch movie. Let's revisit the old characters briefly and happily and have them there as family but let's pass it on to a new generation."

Ghostbusters comes to theaters July 22nd, 2016 and stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon. The film is directed by Paul Feig.

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  1. redace

    With thanks to the Video Game they are finally making the movie so give credit where credit is due cause the video game had alot of controversy with the actors and then after the fans wanted the game and the actors saw it they said ok we can make a 3rd installment (just the facts hehe)

    6 years agoby @redaceFlag

  2. CBF


    6 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  3. LEO: Lord Epsilon Omega

    I can't wait for this. With the original crew back, there's no way this can go wrong!

    And honestly, I'm surprised at the dudes here at Movieweb saying they don't want chicks with proton packs. I'm actually doing a double take at the computer screen and asking, "So you think it would be any different than a bikini chick with a gun?!" LOLOLOLOL XD BRING ON TEH LADIEZ!!! LOLOLOL I'm just messing with you guys XD

    6 years agoby @epsalonFlag

  4. Illuminati

    this will probably be the only GOOD sequel, comparing to all the other mindless remakes/reboots!
    New generation would be good, 1 girl would be enough. The old timers should just be mentors only.

    6 years agoby @illuminatiFlag

  5. CelluloidDreams

    WOW!! I never thought this would see the light of day ....Hope it's better than Part 2 which sucked balls!

    6 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  6. Molemanjoop

    Interesting ..... So Murrays on board ? This is starting to sound promising. I just hope the writers stay true to the OG material, but while creating a hip new twist for the new generatioin.

    6 years agoby @molemanjupeFlag

  7. the_gray

    I don't want new Ghostbusters.
    I don't want them to pass the torch.
    I don't want girls as Ghostbusters.
    Handling a proton pack is a man's job.

    It's cool to go old school.

    6 years agoby @the-grayFlag

  8. reelmein

    iam not to sure i have some hope for this...

    6 years agoby @reelmeinFlag

  9. nathan_lease

    Gonna suck. They've waited to long to make it.

    6 years agoby @nathan-leaseFlag

  10. Editboy

    I think having a female Ghostbuster is a cool idea, not seen before. I can't say Alyssa Milano or Eliza Dushku are the best choices though.

    What about Rachel McAdams?

    6 years agoby @editboyFlag

  11. K-Man

    Hopefully this will be pretty good.....and have some good comedy. Freakin awesome that all the originals are coming back! I didn't see Rick Moranis's name up there but just checked on IMDB to see and sure enough it's been announced!
    Not too keen on the girls they've picked as their hopefuls however, Alyssa Milano and Eliza Dushku really?!! They both suck in pretty much everything they have ever done, lets hope it is just a rumor! But I guess if they get three great male leads it might make up for it!

    6 years agoby @k-manFlag

  12. WongFu

    I'm in

    6 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  13. Buriblazing

    I'm in!

    6 years agoby @buriblazingFlag

  14. Buriblazing

    bring it baby!

    6 years agoby @buriblazingFlag

  15. Editboy


    I think Harold Ramis should totally direct this! He's the perfect choice if Reitman is busy. Maybe he can swing Jack Black over into the new movie. Like I said before, going with some of Judd Apatow's buddies would be the right direction; Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, etc.

    Handing the reigns over to a new generation is a great idea. I don't think a movie where the original cast drove the story would work now. Only because those guys are a bit older (and I say that with respect).

    Unless the is bad, there's every reason to think this could be great. Yes, a reboot that would actually be GOOD! That is aside from "Batman Begins". The Aykroyd/Ramis factor should be the framework with the Apatow sensibility driving the comedy. Or at least that type of comedy.

    So awesome that everyone's coming back, INCLUDING Murray AND Weaver!

    6 years agoby @editboyFlag

  16. seymourstrange

    just keep it with the old members!

    6 years agoby @seymourstrangeFlag

  17. -comrade-

    There'll probably be more than four members of the new team.

    6 years agoby @taberjohnson18Flag

  18. Mmm_mmm

    i think it'll wurk

    6 years agoby @mmm-mmmFlag

  19. Err

    i dunno, i'm starting to lose faith.

    6 years agoby @err2005Flag

  20. moviewebhead

    several female members?....NO
    I rather you get slimer back than some broad with a proton stick
    (well maybe mines personally)

    6 years agoby @moviewebheadFlag

  21. The Kwisatz Haderach

    wow over the last few years we have seen the 80's come back to life

    6 years agoby @the-kwisatz-haderachFlag

  22. nitti21

    Cool that their coming back, but i would prefer to see the old crew for whole film.

    6 years agoby @nitti21Flag

  23. ed_wood

    I really hope this movie happens.

    6 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  24. Twisted Smile

    I cannot wait to finally see the return of the Ghostbusters! This is going to be awesome!

    6 years agoby @twistedsmileFlag

  25. Raoul Duke

    Please get Moranis back. Please.

    I wonder who some of these new Busters are going to be? I think Tracy Morgan would make one hilarious addition to the team.

    6 years agoby @raoulduke33Flag

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