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We’ve been hearing Ghostbusters 3 rumors for so long I'm wondering when the King James version is going to come out. As potentially wonderful as this project may have been at one point, it is now a dead horse dragged to the point of decay. But the best place to find a ghost is around something dead, so Dan Aykroyd is back at it, appearing on Larry King Now (via Coming Soon). In the interview he doesn't only talk about Ghostbusters 3, of course, but this portion of their conversation is notable both for showcasing Aykroyd’s faith in this project and for revealing that Larry King clearly has no idea what Ghostbusters is (despite having appeared in the first film).
Aykroyd wasn’t exactly forthcoming with new details, either, though he did promise King a role in this one, where he could “comment on what’s happening in Manhattan up there at Morningside Heights. It’s going to be quite a spectacular scene once the stuff starts to break.” The specificity level of that sentence fell off there at the end. As far as the plot itself, here is what Ray Stantz had to say about it, straddling the line between informative and fanaticism.
“It’s based upon new research that’s being done in particle physics by the young people – the young men and women at Columbia University…Basically, there’s research being done that I can say that the world or the dimension that we live in – our four planes of existence: length, height, width and time – become threatened by some of the research that’s being done. And Ghostbusters – new Ghostbusters – have to come and solve the problem.”
And in reference to the film going forward without Bill Murray, Aykroyd says, “If Billy wants to walk in the door and be in the movie, we will find a place.” Fucking right you will.
Assuming all else stays the same, Ghostbusters 3 will be directed by Ivan Reitman and with a screenplay written by Etan Cohen. There is a rumor that it will shoot for a release next year to coincide with the original film’s 30th anniversary, but there’s a lot of ectoplasm to wade through before that becomes likely.