Aykroyd says Ghostbusters 3 is close—and reveals what's up for 4

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

It seems like we've been hearing about Ghostbusters 3 for decades (because we have), but original star Dan Aykroyd promises it's closer than ever—and he apparently already has a plan for part four.

Aykroyd opened up to Esquire about the famously delayed film, and said it really is close to ramping up. No, really:

"[B]ecause of the ever-shifting sands and nature of the motion-picture business, I will just say that hopefully, at some point, it will be morphing into what is known in the business as a 'production number XP39789. Then I will begin to rent cars, get hotel rooms, and bill for writing. But that point hasn't come. All my work has been gratis to this point, as Ivan [Reitman]'s has, and I'm hoping that I can get that production number set up in L.A. and help everyone bring the movie to fruition, as the originator and creator of the concept."
Once it finally does happen, Aykroyd said he's used all that downtime to sketch up his idea for a fourth film, which would take a new team down to hell itself. The hell part is new, but this does fit with reports that part three would pass the torch to a new team, setting up a potential new Ghostbusters franchise:
"Man-hell-ttan, and the Ghostbusters in Hell would be so solid. But we gotta get maybe one or two made before that."
Sounds good to us, even if Bill Murray decides to sit the new film (or films) out.

What do you think? Is the world finally ready for some new Ghostbusters adventures?