Dan Aykroyd has been talking to the press about his dreams and hopes for Ghostbusters III for the past several years now, and he discussed the movie again in a new interview with ABC News. Aykroyd says he hopes to have filming take place in 2014, but that doesn’t really mean anything really considering that the movie’s been delayed so much. Filming was previously supposed to take place this summer but was delayed in October of last year. Here’s Akyroyd today:
I feel re-encouraged, reinvigorated by the pages that I have seen. I know that we’re expecting half of the screenplay to be completed very soon. It should be into production by the fall and be shooting by the new year. I won’t say anything, it’s very exciting. The Higgs boson and the particle theories, gluons and mesons, that really gives us a scientific base in terms of our fictional storytelling, to open up to another dimension and have something horrible come through …We’re going to really put it into ninth gear, in this third one. It’s going to be very, very exciting. I’ve been more encouraged than I ever have been. It sounds real now. We’ve got a sharp new writer on it, Ivan (Reitman) is on it, Harold (Ramis) is on it, I’m on it. And if I can put the catch-net on Billy [Murray] and bring him in, it will be wonderful, if he decides to do it. There will always be a hole for him.
Presumably Etan Coen (Tropic Thunder, Idiocracy), who was hired on last summer, is the “sharp new writer” Aykroyd is referring to. He even claims later in the interview that Bill Murray never read the script, despite Murray saying he read 20 pages and dropped it:
I don’t think he read it, because, you know what? If he’d read the second draft that I completely rewrote, he would be doing the movie. If he’d read that draft. The part I wrote for him.