Despite some very public misgivings from Bill Murray on the prospects of a getting the Ghostbusters back together, Dan Aykroyd is busily rewriting the script and promises not only that the sequel will be good, but that it'll pass the torch to a new generation.
Back in August, the notoriously press-shy Murray gave a rare interview to GQ, in which he said that he didn't have high hopes for the writers (Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, who wrote the prehistoric flopedy Year One) hired to script Ghostbusters 3: "Well, I never went to see Year One, but people who did, including other Ghostbusters, said it was one of the worst things they had ever seen in their lives. So that dream just vaporized. That was gone."
Aykroyd remains far more optimistic than his counterpart. "I think he was concerned that the writing on Ghostbusters 3 by these guys would not be up to standard, but I can tell you firsthand, I'm working on the script now and those two—Stupnitsky and Eisenberg, [writer-producers on The Office]—wrote Bill the comic role of a lifetime, and the new Ghostbusters and the old are all well represented in it ... we have a strong first draft that Harold [Ramis] and I will take back, and I'm very excited about working on it."
And the one-time Blues Brother isn't in denial about the fact that he and his fellow supernatural exterminators are no longer the spry, middle-aged men they were when they shot the first Ghostbusters back in the early '80s.
"Now [in Ghostbusters 3] my character's eyesight is shot, I got a bad knee, a bad hip—I can't drive that Caddy anymore or lift that Proton Accelerator anymore, it's too heavy. We need young legs, new minds—new Ghostbusters; so I'm in essence passing the torch to the new regime, and you know what? That's totally okay with me."
Ghostbusters: The Next Generation, huh? Um, okay.