Dan Aykroyd says 'Ghostbusters 3' is 'being written' and would star the original cast
One of the most divisive issues of 2016 was Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot, which ignored the original films, and replaced the four men with four women. Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, and Kate McKinnon are talented actresses, who created classic sketches on Saturday Night Live, plus hilarious comedies like Bridesmaids. However, the 2016 Ghostbusters trailer failed to start up the hype train, getting a record number of dislikes on YouTube.
To be sure, some of those dislikes came from angry misogynists, furious that Ghostbusters got a female-centric reboot. (Also, despicable trolls harassed Leslie Jones on Twitter.) But not everyone who disliked the trailer was a basement-dwelling red-pilled incel pig. Many people were irritated that yet another classic 80's movie was being remade, for no reason, without starring any of the original cast members as their old characters. Other critics found the humor severely lacking, or at a clash with the style of the original film. Somehow, a goofy movie about SNL comedians hunting ghosts became a cultural flashpoint for feminism and sexism.
The Ghostbusters reboot scored 74% fresh from critics, and several female fans praised the film on social media, expressing how happy they were to feel represented. However, the film failed to make an Slimer-splash with audiences. The box office results were a disappointment, killing the chances of a sequel. Also, the movie was denied a release in the lucrative Chinese market. "They think it's not really that attractive to Chinese audiences," one Chinese executive told The Hollywood Reporter. "Most of the Chinese audience didn't see the first and second movies, so they don't think there's much market for it here."
But don't get too disappointed, Ghostbusters fans. Dan Aykroyd, one of the stars of the 1984 film, dropped some acting news on AXS TV's The Big Interview with Dan Rather. He said that 'Ghostbusters 3' is currently "being written" and would star the original living cast members. (That would be Dan, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson, since Rick Moranis insists he is retired, and Egon Spegler died in 2014. And I assume Annie Potts, who played no-nonsense secretary, Janine, would be included.)
"There is a possibility of a reunion with the three remaining Ghostbusters," said Dan. Of course, Dan's been talking about making 'Ghostbusters 3' for decades, and many scripts have been written, only to get stuck in development hell. One major obstacle was eclectic cast member Bill Murray, who notoriously held out for decades, believing a three-quell will never live up to the original. After all, Ghostbusters 2 was a critical and commercial failure. However, Dan remains optimistic. "I think Billy will come,"said the 66-year-old actor. "The story's so good. Even if he plays a ghost."
This idea has been reported before, about Bill coming back as a ghost in Ghostbusters 3. The new script might end up getting produced, or it might end up sitting on Dan's house, as a coaster for Crystal Skull Vodka. Who knows? I guess no matter what happens, the specter of a Ghostbusters 3 film will continue to haunt us all. However, according to fans, a "real" Ghostbuster 3, was already made, with the original cast, as a Playstation 3 game in 2009. I ain't afraid of no video game adaptations!