Sunday, August 28, 2011

Who you gonna call? Maybe not Bill Murray

I've mentioned in a previous post how much I love "Ghostbusters." The 1984 film and its 1989 sequel were instrumental (emphasis, perhaps, on "mental") in my childhood. It is not an understatement to say I was extremely influenced by these two movies. Before I knew who Jack Kerouac was, I knew that Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz and Egon Spangler worked at Columbia University. I wanted to go there, despite the fact that the three founders of the Ghostbusters were fired from the university.

As you can imagine, I follow news of a third film in the franchise very closely.

The news this week comes from actor and "Ghostbusters" scripter Dan Aykroyd.

According to, Aykroyd dropped two heavy bits of news to Dennis Miller. One is that filming "Ghostbusters 3" should start in spring 2012. The second involves Bill Murray and his character Peter Venkman.

Aykroyd told Miller that he hopes Murray will do the film, but that "Ghostbusters" is bigger than any one component. He also said that the film will focus on the next generation.

"The concept is much larger than any individual role and the promise of 'Ghostbusters 3' is that we get to hand the equipment and the franchise down to new blood," Aykroyd said.
Some of the various rumors regarding the "new blood" include Ashton Kutcher (hopefully now too busy replacing Charlie Sheen on TV), Jack Black (yes, please), Aziz Ansari (sure, why not?), and Eliza Dushku (could be kick-ass).

As for the old blood, Akyroyd didn't pull any punches in his comments when he spoke of Stantz and Spangler being old and unfit to be out in the field busting ghosts.

I am hopeful and cautious about "Ghostbusters 3." I want to see it made and I want it to be as good as the original. I'd settle for it being as good as "Ghostbusters 2."

Which reminds me ... I still haven't played the newest "Ghostbusters" video game because, as you may have read, I suck at video games.

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