One of the biggest comic actors of the ’80s, Dan Aykroyd rarely gets the opportunity to play substantial roles anymore. Dividing his time between supporting roles in movies and TV, voice work in animation (he played the title character in 2010’s Yogi Bear), and a booming wine business, Aykroyd has had little trouble keeping busy. However, the passion that the actor has been most vocal about in recent years is Ghostbusters III, a long overdue continuation of a franchise that has been dormant for 24 years. After several false starts, Aykroyd claims that the project is nearly ready to go before cameras. Although he says the script (which is definitely not the first) isn’t even half-finished, he’s confident that the film will be shot early next year.
Given Aykroyd’s failure to get earlier incarnations of this sequel off the ground, his confidence in the latest version may seem a little unrealistic. Of course, it’s not hard to understand why he’d take this stance. The Ghostbusters franchise was conceived by Aykroyd and it may his last real chance to take a substantial role (and a large financial stake) in a major Hollywood film.
On the other end of the spectrum, enduring comic star Bill Murray remains in great demand, choosing to devote most of his time to modestly scaled projects, rather than lucrative Hollywood comedies. While it’s hard to imagine a Ghostbusters film without Murray, he has—by his own admission—been dragging his feet on this project for years. At one point, he said he’d be willing to appear in the film if his character is killed off in the first reel, but as recently as last August, Aykroyd said that Murray will not be involved. Whatever happens, the film should have no trouble finding an audience, as many of the children who grew up watching Ghostbusters now have children of their own.
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