Dan Aykroyd Is ‘Totally Okay’ With Geriatric Ghostbusters
It’s no secret that the third Ghostbusters film — if it ever gets off the ground, which Bill Murray undoubtedly hopes it doesn’t — will focus on a group of new trainees taking over the business. But what about the original quartet of Ghostbusters? According to Dan Aykroyd, they’re… well, they’re not doing so well.
“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,” the actor told Vanity Fair about where Ray Stantz is when Ghostbusters 3 begins. “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.”
Aykroyd said that he’s currently reworking the script written by Year One writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. Although he’s impressed with what they’ve come up with, Aykroyd’s co-star Bill Murray hasn’t had the nicest things to say about the pair.
“I think he was reacting to the box-office success and the general public view of the film, which in my view was a very serviceable comedy, and in the end I think they’ll make their money back,” explained Aykroyd. “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 … 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.”
It’s good to know that Aykroyd is excited to be working on it, but is anyone excited to see it?