TORONTO – The ghostbusters are set for a new round of paranormal policing.
Ottawa native Dan Aykroyd tells the Los Angeles Times there will be a third “Ghostbusters” film starring himself and original cast members Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. Aykroyd says production could be under way by winter.
The “Saturday Night Live” alumnus and Ramis co-wrote the first two films in the sci-fi comedy franchise, about eccentric paranormal exterminators in New York City.
The hit 1984 debut and its 1989 sequel also starred Rick Moranis and Annie Potts and were directed and co-produced by Ivan Reitman.
The next instalment is penned by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, who also write for the TV series “The Office.”
In a report on the L.A. Times website, Aykroyd says Reitman is too busy to helm the third incarnation of “Ghostbusters,” so Ramis might direct instead.
Aykroyd – who was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in “Driving Miss Daisy” – also says some females might be added to the ghost-busting team.
He thinks Alyssa Milano and Eliza Dushku would be good in the roles.
Milano already stars in part of the franchise – she voices the character of Dr. Ilyssa Selwyn, a brainy curator, in “Ghostbusters: The Video Game,” written by Aykroyd and Ramis.