The vast majority of the Ghostbusters talk recently has obviously revolved around Paul Feig’s female-fronted reboot that is set to star Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. That, however, might not be the only paranormal investigating going on. Some big male stars, including Channing Tatum, made some noise about wanting a dude-centric spinoff of the new film, but Dan Aykroyd, who has been pushing for a Ghostbusters 3 for years, still thinks that could very likely happen.
Aykroyd has been championing more adventures from the beige-jumpsuit-wearing quartet for years, and though there has been talk of it from time to time, nothing ever materialized. We’ve heard rumors and reports of various different directions the story could take—one had Bill Murray’s Peter Venkman returning as a ghost as I recall—and Aykroyd isn’t letting that dream die. When he recently sat down to chat with Sirius XM, he said:
Oh I’ve written… well, we have…I’ve written, well, there’s three drafts of the old concept that exists. And we’re going to be able to salvage some of it and use it. Yeah, we’re gonna be able to use it some day. Let’s get this one made and that will reinvigorate the franchise and then we’ll go on to maybe doing a more conventional third sequel as we were planning and another idea I have for it.
If there’s ever a time to get this rolling, it may be now. If Feig’s movie, which is scheduled to film later this year for a 2016 release, is successful, there will likely be a lot of hype and public interest to capitalize on.
Still, it’s difficult to imagine how they’ll pull this off. Aykroyd is obviously on board, and Ernie Hudson has shown that he’s still interested. Murray, however, has said repeatedly over the years that he wants nothing to do with more Ghostbusters (Feig’s film reportedly wants him to show up as an antagonist, and I have a hard time imagining that happening), and with the passing of Harold Ramis almost exactly a year ago, it would just be weird with only two members of the original team. But Aykroyd sounds motivated, so who knows how this will go down.
What do you think about this idea? A lot of people have been very clear about their opposition to Feig’s movie, but would you like to see the remnants of the original team reunite for one more adventure, or do you just want them to leave the franchise alone?