Even 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.