Aykroyd adds to Ghostbusters III production rumors

By: Steve Mathie
Staff Writer

While rumors about filming a third Ghostbusters movie have been circulating for some time, Dan Aykroyd fueled those rumors when he said in an online chat at Boston.com that filming could begin as early as fall of this year.

The 56 year old Aykroyd made a brief statement that "Script is commenced early summer. Hope to be in production by late fall 2009." This is encouraging for Ghostbusters fans that are ready to see another comedic classic.

So while it appears as though some of the original players will be involved, other questions are yet to be answered.

Judd Apatow’s name was thrown around in regards to producing the film, but that rumor has recently been debunked. It does look like “The Office” writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky will draft the script. Ivan Reitman wrote the first two.

Both Ghostbusters I and II filmed on location at unique places and a number of businesses, many of which were in the New York area. The most recognized filming location is Hook and Ladder #8 in Manhattan, used as exteriors for the Ghostbusters Headquarters. It is likely that similar type locations will be needed for filming in late 2009 and 2010.

Original Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and Harold Ramis also joined Aykroyd in the production of “Ghostbusters: The Video Game” set to release June 16th summer for all major video game systems.

Not often does the third part in a series draw rave reviews or find success, and many film fans and critics will view this as huge risk for the Ghostbuster legend. However, one would think that Aykroyd and Murray would not enter into such a project if they didn’t have reason to believe it would be done right.

Seth Rogen’s name had been linked to the production as well because of the Apatow rumor, but the actor has indicated that he thinks it might not be a good idea to even make the film without its original cast.

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