New Writers Hired for Ghostbusters III; Will Bill Murray Read It?
07.05.12 by Ryan
Back in 2008, Columbia Pictures hired The Office and Bad Teacher writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky to write the script for Ghostbusters III, with Dan Aykroyd saying months later that production would begin "by late fall 2009." So far, the closest thing that fans have come to getting a third installment in the franchise is the 2009 video game that brought back cast members Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson to lend their voices for their respective characters.
Instead of delivering the proposed sequel, the intervening years have resulted in Aykroyd remaining positive about the sequel's prospects, while Murray became increasingly more cagey about picking up his Proton Pack again. Besides calling Ghostbusters III "his nightmare" and deriding the efforts of Stupnitsky and Eisenberg, Murray finally admitted that he hadn't even read the script last year, eventually leading Aykroyd to reveal in March that the sequel was in "suspended animation." However, in the endless tug-of-war that is Ghostbusters III, it looks like the project is moving forward once more.
During a recent promotional event for his vodka company in Amherst, NY, Aykroyd told WIVB 4 (via ABC News and Bloody-Disgusting) that Ghostbusters III has a "new writing staff working on it now," adding that "it’s got to be perfect. That’s the whole thing. There’s no point in doing it unless it’s perfect."
While there's nothing wrong with taking the time to get a script right, the question is: will this new, unnamed writing staff complete the script to Murray's satisfaction?
Aykroyd's statements about the sequel being in "suspended animation" also arrived with the news that Murray "will not do the movie," yet when Murray appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman last month, the actor didn't entirely count out the sequel. "You need to have a really good script," Murray said. "It's hard. Even the second Ghostbusters wasn't as much fun for me as the first one. It's hard to make a sequel, it's got to be really funny. And that first one was so darn funny."
The first Ghostbusters arrived in 1984, and Ghostbusters II followed in 1989. While it's possible that a third movie could arrive almost a quarter century later, Ghostbusters III will just have to exist in video game form for now.