When it was announced that Paul Feig would be handling an all-female Ghostbusters reboot, many breathed a sigh of relief, because it meant that Dan Aykroyd could stop yammering on and on about how Ghostbusters 3 was still in the works and a final script was being hammered out and this thing was totally still going to happen. The announcement of this other Ghostbusters project meant that Aykroyd could go back to yammering on and on about the existence of aliens on earth and shilling for Crystal Skull vodka (the vodka not associated with the film Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull) or whatever the hell it is he does these days. (It sure isn’t writing or starring in movies people see.)
Not even the death of Harold Ramis, the oft-stated non-participation of Bill Murray, Rick Moranis’ retirement from acting, and God personally visiting Aykroyd in the form of a UFO to beg him to stop talking about starring in Ghostbusters 3 has stopped Aykroyd’s infernal Ghostbusters 3 talk. Amazingly, not even the production of the female Ghostbusters reboot has convinced Aykroyd the world isn’t still desperate to see him, Murray, and Ernie Hudson haul their weary, ancient bones into Ghostbusters uniforms and bust some ghosts all over again.
According to /Film, Aykroyd appeared on Sirius XM’s Unmasked With Ron Bennington and told him, “Oh I’ve written… well, we have… I’ve written, well, there’s three drafts of the old concept that exists. And we’re going to be able to salvage some of it and use it. Yeah, we’re gonna be able to use it some day. Let’s get this one made and that will reinvigorate the franchise and then we’ll go on to maybe doing a more conventional third sequel as we were planning and another idea I have for it.”
For Aykroyd’s other, never-to-materialize Ghostbusters movie to exist, the lady-centric Ghostbusters would need to be a hit, so that people would start agitating angrily for something completely different. Audiences enamored of the young female ghostbusters will angrily demand more vehicles for the ancient male ghostbusters. And then Aykroyd will spirit everyone away in a UFO driven by a reanimated John Belushi and we’ll all travel to a planet where Nothing But Trouble is held in higher esteem than Citizen Kane. You gotta give Aykroyd points for being a dreamer who never lets reality get in the way of his big plans.