‘Ghostbusters 3’ held up over money: Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd, pictured on July 9, 2014. John R. Kennedy / Global News

TORONTO — Dan Aykroyd suggested Wednesday that plans for a third Ghostbusters movie have stalled over financing.

The 62-year-old Canadian actor, who played Dr. Raymond Stantz in the 1984 original and 1989 sequel, said Sony Pictures hasn’t decided “whether they want to drop $150 million on a Ghostbusters 3 right now.”

During an appearance on Global’s The Morning Show, Aykroyd said: “I think they should [but] I don’t write that cheque.”

Aykroyd’s Ghostbusters co-star Harold Ramis died in February and original cast member Bill Murray has said he will not be involved.

“We hope that things get sorted out at the corporate level, all the way up and down the company, so that capital can be freed up for the artists to do their job,” Aykroyd said.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters as well as the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, on which Aykroyd was an original cast member.

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Asked if he will be a part of an SNL anniversary special, Aykroyd said he doubts show creator (and fellow Canadian) Lorne Michaels has even thought about it.

“It’s not even on his drawing board,” Aykroyd said. “He is talented in that way and knows the rhythms and currents of the business. When the time is right he’ll begin to plan and it will be up to him what happens.”