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DAN AYKROYD SWITCHES GEARS AND STARTS PUSH FOR MY GIRL 3
September 21 2010
Los Angeles, CA – Dan Aykroyd was, for a time, one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Despite never appearing in blockbuster action hits or tender romantic comedies Aykroyd nonetheless became a huge name and ultimately a legend starring
in projects like ‘Ghost Busters’ and ‘Trading Places. Things slipped away for Aykroyd eventually and hit after hit became occasional success, but those early performances firmly cemented him in the hearts and minds of movie-goers around the world.
Without a doubt, Aykroyd’s most iconic role was that of Ray Stantz in ‘Ghost Busters’, a film he also wrote and helped to facilitate. While he was hardly the breakout star of that film, Bill Murray as Peter Venkman undoubtedly took that mantle, Aykroyd as the goofy sidekick cemented his status as a major comic star and a legend for a generation of fans. That huge success was followed up a few years later with the first, and thus far only, sequel to the film as well as a hit animated TV show. In the 22 years since the last film however, the goofy ghost fighters have been absent from the big screen despite unrelenting effort from Aykroyd. Now though it appears that a new film will finally be made, a major success for Aykroyd who will apparently now turn his attention towards completing another trilogy, the ‘My Girl’ series.
“Dan is super happy with the progress of Ghostbusters 3 and can’t wait to get the thing going. He’s had to compromise quite a bit frankly but he’s willing to do that for the greater good. This has been a passion for Dan from the beginning, remember that the whole thing was his baby from the start, and he is happy to get it back in any form,” said an Aykroyd insider. “He still wants to see this through and isn’t counting the chickens before they are hatched but he sees it as almost inevitable now and is turning an eye towards the other unfinished stories in his repertoire.”
Like ‘Ghost Busters’, ‘My Girl’ ended with the second film.
“He really feels like there was more to the story of the Sultenfuss family. More to Vada’s story and he wanted at the time to explore it further. That didn’t happen and he realizes that certain elements that he wanted to explore are now gone because of age, but that doesn’t mean that some of the core themes are lost. He’s talked with all the principles and everyone is willing to come back, even Anna Chlumsky who amazingly is still alive,” continued the insider. “He always felt like the second movie left a lot to be desired, he felt it was the second act of a much larger story and wants to see the tale through. He really feels like he owes that to the fans and to the story Gods which have so blessed him in his own life. He hopes that the new ‘Ghost Busters’ movie will give him the clout to get this off the ground.”
Macaulay Culkin, who died in the first movie, has expressed interest in making a return to the series.
“’My Girl’ is going to be a harder thing to get off the ground for all kinds of reasons. There are certainly people with a degree of nostalgia for the movies but it is a small group. ‘Ghost Busters’ was extended through multiple generations and was far more popular originally which gives them a much larger audience from which to draw which makes it a much easier sell,” said Scrape TV Entertainment analyst Tracey Temple. “That said if they can make it economically it might be viable. I mean no one is really asking for it but then no one asked for the first one and they loved that so it could well be worth it for both the financiers and for the fans.”
Aykroyd has been thwarted multiple times in his efforts to make a third ‘Blues Brothers’ film due to complete lack of interest from anyone.
Samantha Dryden, Entertainment Correspondent