Despite the trouble he’s had bringing the third Ghostbusters film to the screen, Dan Aykroyd is still optimistic about the future of the eighties franchise. He has hopes that he can stretch the series out to multiple movie series. He told the Hollywood Reporter, “It’s up on blocks; it needs new electronics, new everything. That’s what we have to do. The whole vehicle of Ghostbusters has to be rebuilt. That’s the ambitious thinking that’s going on now. Taking on the model of Marvel where we take all of the elements that are in this movie and we put them out there as different ideas.”
He talks not only of his wish to appear in a Ghostbusters sequel, but also about the possibility of an all-female team of Ghostbusters, and even a prequel film about the young Ghostbusters first meeting at nine years old and how they grew to become the paranormal experts we met in the original Ghostbusters. Aykroyd says, “It’s the whole mythology from the beginning of their lives, the end of their lives. Ghostbusters at nine years old, Ghostbusters in high school.”
The biggest problem with the plans for Ghostbusters 3 is that former Ghostbusters co-star Bill Murray is not interested in returning for the role of Pete Venkman in any future films. The third member of the original trio, Harold Ramis, has passed away. How can Aykroyd recapture the Ghostbusters magic without Ramis or Murray?
Murray does say he would support Aykroyd’s idea for an all-female version of the group. He told the Toronto Star, “I’m fine with it. I’d go to that movie. They’d probably have better outfits, too.”
In the meantime, it’s been 10 years since Aykroyd said he’d do the movie with or without Murray. Clearly he’ll be doing it without him. Many proposed directors have come-and gone from the project over the past decade. The question is, after all this time, will he ever end up doing it at all?