Akroyd on 'Ghostbusters 3'
Cinematical reports that Dan Akroyd is currently at work on the script for GHOSTBUSTERS 3.
Bill Murray had mentioned in an interview earlier this year that he had little faith in the script submitted by YEAR ONE writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg (writer/producers on the TV hit, THE OFFICE), due to what he’d heard about the quality of that feature.
Aykroyd defending Stupitsky and Eisenberg’s draft:
“I think he was concerned that the writing on GHOSTBUSTERS 3 by these guys would not be up to standard, but I can tell you firsthand, I’m working on the script now and those two—Stupnitsky and Eisenberg—wrote Bill the comic role of a lifetime, and the new Ghostbusters and the old are all well represented in it…we have a strong first draft that Harold (Ramis) and I will take back, and I’m very excited about working on it.”
Since Akroyd and Harold Ramis wrote the script to the 1984 original and the `89 sequel, this could be a good sign. Talking about why the project is still viable and how his character (Dr. Raymond Stantz) relates to the new film, he had the following to say.
“Look, Hollywood is in love with any kind of nostalgia that can prove itself to be commercial—but it has to evolve. Now, my character’s eyesight is shot, I got a bad knee, a bad hip. I can’t drive that Caddy anymore or lift that Psychotron Accelerator anymore—it’s too heavy. We need young legs, new minds, new Ghostbusters; so I’m in essence passing the torch to the new regime, and you know what? That’s totally okay with me.”