After Sony bet on the female reboot of ‘Ghostbusters’ and it was not the blockbuster they expected, it seemed that the franchise was more dead than the spirits that appear in it. But not, Dan Aykroyd has returned to feed the hope of the fans with a statement where he assures that the script for a new sequel is underway.
The most striking thing is that it would be a continuation of the first two installments, with the Ghostbusters left alive: Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and Aykroyd. He has been trying to launch a sequel to the 1989 film for years but Murray was never interested and the death of Harold Ramis in 2014 changed the original focus of bringing the old team back, eventually leading to the reboot. Now, according to an interview with Dan Rather, Aykroyd has restarted the project of ‘The Ghostbusters III’.
“There is a possibility of a meeting with the three remaining Ghostbusters … It is being written right now. […] I think Billy will be back. The history is very good. Even if he plays a ghost. “
Well, I hope that last one is a joke because if Bill Murray returns as a ghost it would not be the same, only two of the original Ghostbusters would return (more Sigourney Weaver?). And on the other hand, I do not understand how they are writing the script for ‘Ghostbusters 3’, with a “very good” story, if they still do not know for sure if they will be able to count on Peter Venkman dead or alive…
Let us remember that Murray, Aykroyd and Hudson already made cameos in the reboot directed by Paul Feig, playing different characters than those they did in the 80s for Ivan Reitman. In principle it does not seem that there is a problem to put them back together, if Murray accepts, although they would have to look for some more or less reasonable explanation to justify that the Ghostbusters did not know of the existence of another previous team. Or do like the new ‘Halloween’, recover the protagonists of the original and ignore reboot.
By the way, 2018 marks the 35th anniversary of the premiere of ‘Ghostbusters’ and 30 of the second part.