Dan Aykroyd in Ghostbusters

Allow me to rescue you from the landslide of Oscar reactions, commentary and punditry by talking about something that should interest everyone. And by everyone, I mean everyone. The jolly fellas over at Ain’t It Cool News received a little tip today about a Q&A that Dan Aykroyd did in Boston this weekend at the opening of the new House of Blues there. Side note: Blues Brothers is a classic — it is my mission from God to defeat anyone who denies it.

Anyway, like clockwork the first question slung in the direction of the former Ghostbusters and SNL funnyman was about the current production of Ghostbusters 3, currently in the completely capable hands of Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupinsky, who are known for their work writing and Executively Producing The Office. The following is a transcribed reenactment of what went down:

[Comment From Tom] Dan, I’m extremely excited for the HOB to be back in its birth-city!! I will be attending many shows. On a side note, and I’m sure you get these questions a lot, so I apologize in advance…Ghostbusters 3? I’ve heard that the writers of the Office are currently penning a script? How is this coming along, and should we look forward to this movie seeing the light of day? Thanks Dan!

Dan Aykroyd: Script is commenced early summer. Hope to be in production by late fall 2009.

We aren’t sure who “Tom” is, but good question. Aykroyd’s answer on the other hand, needed a few more details to completely soil our seats. It is notable however, that he pinpoints a late fall 2009. This tells us that Columbia Pictures at least has a goal — and having goals in life is important. It is important to keep in mind the fact that the script is yet to commence, making all timetables pretty much irrelevant. Because lets face it, the first 37 drafts of the script could be terrible (though I wouldn’t put my money on it) and the project could dive deeper into development hell faster than you can say, “Hey, weren’t they thinking about making another Ghostbusters movie?”

All will depend on the script, so until then we are still in “wait and see” mode, otherwise known as Fanboy Excitement Alert Level Yellow. When we get some news that raises that level to Orange, we will be sure to let you know.

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