So, Dan Aykroyd recently sat down for a lengthy interview with Esquire, and guys, you’ll never guess what — a whole bunch of crazy stuff about Ghostbusters 3 fell out of his mouth! No, really!
Pour yourself a glass of pure, smooth Crystal Head vodka, then hit the jump for some quotes…
So, about Bill Murray. He’s legally abrogated his rights to be involved in the series because he was a jerk. That’s totally how the law works, right? Totally.
“I have one-fifth of the voice, along with the partners and the other owner of the property, the picture company, and Ivan, Billy [Murray], and myself, and Harold [Ramis]. We all have to sign off on it unanimously — uh, I’m not sure Billy does anymore, since he abrogated his rights by sort of, by saying, two years ago he said, ‘I don’t want to be involved.’”
But Aykroyd would still take Bill Murray back, because he hasn’t lost all his marbles yet, and still knows on some level that a Ghostbusters without Murray is going to suck…
“Of course, I’d love to have Billy call me tomorrow and say, ‘Let’s go to work and start writing.’”
Of course! Then Aykroyd starts playing hardball. Sony better get on his now, because Dan Aykroyd is a busy man and getting the itch to move on…
“Now, this would add quite a bump to Sony’s bottom line, quite a bump. If they make this movie, in its current shape, they would be looking at a pretty hefty, nine-figure return. And so I’m hoping they get on to move it, but if they don’t, I have multiple trains. I’ve got tracks six, seven, and nine, and that’s four. I’ll be moving on to other things, as will Ivan, by the way. We can’t wait forever.”
Yeah! Multiple trains! Of course it’s kind of hard to play the “I’ve got better things to do!” card when you’ve been working on a project for years on your own time for free…
“All my work has been gratis to this point, as Ivan’s has, and I’m hoping that I can get that production number set up in L.A. and help everyone bring the movie to fruition, as the originator and creator of the concept. If it does not happen, the life of Dan Aykroyd and his family and friends will be quite full without Ghostbusters 3.”
Of course it will Dan. Full of smooth quadruple distilled vodka-ey goodness.
Finally, here’s Aykroyd skipping right past Ghostbusters 3 to talk of Ghostbusters 4 and 5…
“Listen, I tell ya, after this movie gets made: Man-hell-ttan. Man-hell-ttan, and the Ghostbusters in hell, would be so solid. [...] I wrote that with Tom Davis, my writing partner, recently deceased, who wrote Coneheads with me and stuff on Saturday Night Live. There’s classic Tom Davis lines and funny stuff in there, really it’s probably the most humorous of all the Ghostbusters scripts that have generated in that last little while.”
Yup, “Man-hell-ttan” co-written by the writer of Coneheads. I’ll just let that sit there I think.
I want more like this!
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