The LA Times posted a quick snippet from an interview with Aykroyd, in which he talks about the hold-up in production, a possible director, and new team members.
Apparently, one of the reasons the movie took so long to get moving is because of Bill Murray. Though he doesn't go into details about Murray's stance on the project, Aykroyd does say that he is on board now and ready to go with filming.
As far as the director, of course the most likely candidate is Ivan Reitman. After all, he did direct the first two movies. His vision would just complete the trifecta. But, barring that, Aykroyd says that Harold Ramis is willing to take the reigns. This is a change I am definitely cool with. Groundhog Day is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen, so I agree with Ramis' vision. He makes some good movies.
Aykroyd also talks about some new faces of the Ghostbusters. He mentions a few names, like Alyssa Milano and Eliza Dushku, both of whom I give a thumbs-up to. I would like to see a few girl-busters; it's been a boy's club for quite a long time. (Maybe 'women's intuition' could work better than the PKE meters.) And both Alyssa and Eliza do have some decent comedic chops. Even though Alyssa's background is in television sit-coms, I can see her handling a role as a Ghostbuster. And Eliza Dushku just kicks ass. Her time on Buffy: The Vampire Slayer shows that she can handle action and Bring It On showed her comedic side. Both of these ladies would make great additions to the franchise.
What makes me most excited about this news is that Dan Aykroyd states that they may be ready to start filming this winter. If so, that would be awesome. Maybe the movie can even be released by the summer of 2010?