Speaking with the LA Times, Dan Akroyd provided a few updates on the Ghostbusters 3 project. He believes that Ivan Reitman, director of I and II, is currently too busy to take on the movie, and expresses an interest in seeing his second choice, Harold Ramis, take it on. Current GB3 screenwriters Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky recently worked on Year One with Ramis. Production could begin by Winter ’09.
“I don’t put not making the third movie on Billy. We can’t do that. I’ve been very busy. Harold’s been busy, Ivan’s been busy. And a third script really didn’t coalesce properly. And Billy, you can’t blame an artist for not wanting to do the same thing again. He did two of them, for God’s sake. Although I’m the biggest cheerleader as the originator of the concept but I’ve never begrudged Billy not doing a third movie. I never said he held it up or that he refused. Hey, listen, he’s an artist. You can’t force somebody into it. I’m sorry he never read my third draft because I thought it was pretty good but, look, now we’re at a point that there’s a story that he can accept and that’s going to work, and I think we’re going to be in production fairly soon. We could be in production by winter.”
Storyline — Akroyd says they are aiming for a five member ‘core’ crew, with more than one female. Some of his choices are Alyssa Milano and Eliza Dushku — neither of which have been cast. Sigourney Weaver is now on board.