Dan Aykroyd is dusting off his treatment for a ‘Ghostbusters’ reunion picture that he had previously been writing before the death of Harold Ramis. Unfortunately, after Ramis’ passing, Sony opted to go ahead with a different reboot of the brand, the ill-fated 2016 Paul Feig overhaul starring Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, and Chris Hemsworth. However, it seems that was a one-and-done event and now Aykroyd wants to go back and reunite the surviving original cast members.
Appearing on AXS TV’s ‘The Big Interview with Dan Rather’, Aykroyd divulged:
“There is a possibility of a reunion with the three remaining Ghostbusters. It’s being written right now… I think Billy (Murray) will come. The story’s so good. Even if he plays a ghost.”
It should be noted that the reason that a ‘Ghostbusters 3’ never happened before is that Murray didn’t want to do one. In fact, he didn’t want to make the first one, and only agreed to do it if Columbia Pictures agreed to make his drama ‘The Razor’s Edge’. Murray has tried to distance himself from ‘Ghostbusters’ and has gone so far as to refuse to let his likeness be used on merchandising. He agreed to make a cameo in Feig’s reboot on the condition that it was a farewell to the old Ghostbusters and a passing of the torch to the new cast.
Of course, unfortunately, the reboot wasn’t very popular and now Aykroyd is again trying to “get the band back together.” It seems that the script Aykroyd is working on is the same one he had in mind before Ramis’ death. In that story, Peter Venkman dies in the opening scene and returns as a ghost. The rest of the picture focuses on Dana’s son Oscar, who is a postgrad student and must now take over the family business after Peter’s death. Murray would appear in ghost form for most of the movie.
Keep in mind, Aykroyd is working on this screenplay independently. It hasn’t been ordered by Sony and Aykroyd and Ramis had reportedly been working on a sequel for roughly 30 years, with Murray being the hold-out the whole time. So, for one thing, just because Aykroyd completes a screenplay doesn’t mean that Sony will make it and it also doesn’t mean that Murray will agree to be in it. In fact, even if Sony did agree, it’s more likely than not that Murray will still say no.
What do you think? Would you like another picture with the surviving members of ‘Ghostbusters’? Or would you rather just enjoy the originals and leave them be?