We've been hearing for years that a new Ghostbusters movie is right around the corner, then hearing, nah, not really. But according to Dan Aykroyd, 2012 may finally be the year it all comes together.
Aykroyd just appeared as a guest on Dennis Miller Radio and said that Ghostbusters 3 hopes to begin production in the spring. He also talked about the film's plot and what's going on behind the scenes.
One aspect of the project Aykroyd confirmed was that the movie will pass the torch to a younger team. Yeah, that's something we've all known for a while, but he also dished on more aspects of that plan, stating that his character Ray "is now blind in one eye" and can't drive the Ecto 1 anymore. "He's got a bad knee and can't pick up the pack. ... Egon is too large to get into the harness. We need young blood, and that's the promise. We're gonna hand it to a new generation. Production in the spring, I hope."
The new team, according to Aykroyd, will consist of three guys and one woman. "We're going to see everyone that wants to do it," said Aykroyd. One actor who apparently caught his eye is Criminal Minds star Matthew Gray Gubler, who plays Dr. Spencer Reid. No formal offer has gone out yet, so his name might just be on a list somewhere.
Aykroyd did touch on the subject of Bill Murray and his place in the project. A series of rumors have been floating around for a long time about his involvement or lack thereof.
"Yes, we will be doing the movie, and hopefully with Mr. Murray. That is our hope." He then continued by saying that while Murray is the lead character and "contributive to it in a massive way," he alone does not make up the entire picture. "The concept is much larger than each individual role, and the promise of Ghostbusters 3 is that we get to hand the equipment and the franchise down to new blood."
The last movie's focus was a lot more on the Venkman character, given that he is the fan favorite, but perhaps that is why it didn't do well. The plan of passing the torch and focusing on the age of the original team might be the best way to make the movie have more heart and more character. It also allows a way out if Murray continues to lean away from appearing in the project, either as a ghost or whatever else his character could show up as.