Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase Reunite to Write Comedy

Spies Like UsEven though Dan Aykroyd has been the driving force behind the ill-conceived Ghostbusters 3, it’s still good news whenever he announces a new project. And although one of his old friends isn’t interested in getting the band back together, another seems to be: Aykroyd is reuniting with Chevy Chase to write a comedy screenplay.

Aykroyd announced the news on his Facebook page: “Chevy (Chase) and I are about to start work on a script concept for a comedy movie. Cannot say too much about the concept, but the joy of working with him again is one that I am extremely excited about. Chevy is one of my favourite people, and one of the great anarchistic and physically committed comedians in the business.”

Aykroyd and Chase were both members of the original Saturday Night Live cast, and both anchors on the iconic Weekend Update sketch (although not at the same time). The pair starred together in the 1985 film Spies Like Us, which Aykroyd co-wrote, and in the lesser known (but excellently bizarre) 1991 adventure comedy Nothing But Trouble, Aykroyd’s only directorial effort to date. Save for a self-parodying appearance on Family Guy, Aykroyd and Chase have not collaborated in years.

The upcoming project, while still murky on details, is definitely exciting. Aykroyd has had a few projects amount in recent years: the Ghostbusters revival, launching his own brand of vodka, starring in the Will Ferrell/Zach Galifianakis political comedy The Campaign (formerly Dog Fight). Meanwhile, Chase has been delivering the best performances of his career on NBC’s Community. All in all, a reunion between the two exciting stuff.

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.