‘Ghostbuster 3′ Could Start Production This Winter, Says Dan Aykroyd

To quote the always-shrill Janine Melnitz, “We’ve got one!” After years of fan speculation and incorrect rumors, it looks like “Ghostbusters 3” is finally moving forward. And we’re not talking about the upcoming video game. “Ghostbusters” star Dan Aykroyd, who along with Harold Ramis has been very much involved with the aforementioned game, said that there is a genuine third film in the works.

“I think we’re going to be in production fairly soon,” Aykroyd told the Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex blog. “We could be in production by winter.”

Aykroyd has been championing a third “Ghostbusters” flick for quite some time, and he’s finally been able to motivate previous cast members to sign up for another tour. Even the normally cagey Bill Murray will join the fray, despite years of gossip that blamed him for stalling a third outing. Aykroyd defended his fellow actor, saying that the blame lies on several sets of shoulders.

“I’ve been very busy,” Aykroyd said. “Harold [Ramis has] been busy, Ivan [Reitman has] been busy. And a third script really didn’t coalesce properly. And [Bill Murray], 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.”

Although Murray has agreed to return, the same cannot necessarily be said for Ivan Reitman, who directed the previous two films. If Reitman is unavailable, Aykroyd said he hoped his co-star and “Year One” director Harold Ramis would step up to the plate to helm the threequel, which is rumored to focus on a new, younger class of ghostbusting trainees.

“I’d like it to be a passing-of-the-torch movie,” Aykroyd said. “Let’s revisit the old characters briefly and happily and have them there as family but let’s pass it on to a new generation.”

As for who might slip on the khaki jumpsuits and proton packs for the new era? Aykroyd name-dropped “Dollhouse” actress Eliza Dushku and “Ghostbusters: The Videogame” star Alyssa Milano as two individuals he’d like to see in the new film.

Who do you think should star in the next “Ghostbusters” movie? Still looking forward to it after all these years? Give us your casting suggestions in the comments!