Dan Aykroyd on ‘Ghostbusters 3′: Shoot in 2012 With or Without Murray

After years of near silence, Dan Aykroyd exploded on “The Dennis Miller Show” in regards to Columbia Pictures’ long delayed Ghostbusters 3, which he states will shoot in the spring of 2012 no matter what happens with the casting (in reference to Bill Murray’s contant lack of cooperation).

Yes, we will be doing the movie and hopefully with Mr. Murray,” he says, “That is our hope. We have an excellent script. What we have to remember is that ‘Ghostbusters’ is bigger than any one component, although Billy was absolutely the lead and contributive to it in a massive way, as was the director and Harold [Ramis], myself and Sigourney [Weaver]. The concept is much larger than any individual role and the promise of ‘Ghostbusters 3′ is that we get to hand the equipment and the franchise down to new blood.

As for his character, and the new plot, Aykroyd reveals quite a bit of fresh juice: “My character, Ray, is now blind in one eye and can’t drive the cadillac,” he says, “He’s got a bad knee and can’t carry the packs… Egon is too large to get into the harness. We need young blood and that’s the promise. We’re gonna hand it to a new generation.

While we reported last week that the studio is looking at Aziz Ansari for a role, Aykroyd has someone specific in mind: “I like this guy Matthew Gray Gubler from the ‘Criminal Minds’ show,” he adds, “But there’s going to be a casting. We’re going to see everyone that wants to do it. We’re going to need… three guys and a young woman.” Thanks to Shocktillyoudrop for the transcriptions.

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Pictured: Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler