Well, the Ghostbusters 3 sludge still won't stop pouring out of Dan Aykroyd's mouth, but thanks to our collective loathing, at least it's now coming out negatively charged.
Speaking to The Telegraph, the vodka baron who earlier this month was so set on making a Ghostbusters sequel that he would replace Bill Murray now questions if the film will happen--and knows for certain it won't happen with the participation with participation of the ever-condescending Murray. Asked if the belated sequel will ever come together, Aykroyd responded:
"I honestly don't know. At this point it's in suspended animation. The studio, the director Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis feel there must be a way to do it, but Bill Murray will not do the movie. He doesn't want to be involved. He's got six kids, houses all over America. He golfs in these tournaments where they pay him to turn up and have a laugh. He's into this life and living it. I know we'd have a lot of fun [but] I can't be mad at him. He's a friend first, a colleague second. We have a deep personal relationship that transcends business and he doesn't want to know."
To read that, you might think Aykroyd is bitter at Murray's continued success and demand, but according to him, he IS, in fact, in demand. It's just that he won't leave his mountaintop vodka distillery unless he's promised a ton of money and all his favorite starz. For Danny A., it's Mr. & Mrs. Smith 2 or GTFO:
"I will walk out the door for the pay cheque I deserve and working with the superstars. I'm not going to work for people who are unknown.
"But I don't want to work any more really in film. I'd have to be called up by triple-A superstars. I get offers all the time from film makers, but they are unknown quantities. I don't go there and do experiments."
Still, though he was pretty quick to bring up his interest payday, Dan Aykroyd wants you to know he is definitely not exploiting the franchise, no matter much his desire to re-cast Bill Murray and restart the series with young actors argues otherwise:
"We're not going to do a movie that exploits the franchise. The script has to be perfect. I'm the cheerleader, but I'm only one voice in the matter. It's a surety that Bill Murray will not do the movie, however there is still interest from the studio."
While it may seem to us like a bad sign that Bill Murray won't sign on, while a group of desperate, sequel-starved studio executives will, to Dan Aykroyd, this is a perfect metaphor for exactly why we need another Ghostbusters right now: reassurance that, when no one else will, there's a group of aging white guys in matching suits who will believe you. Or maybe he just wants the money.