America’s quiet indulging of Dan Aykroyd’s insistence that Ghostbusters 3 is a thing continues, as the vodka pitchman and occasional actor recently appeared on Dennis Miller’s radio show to once again vow that the sequel will film in the spring of 2012, no matter what, most likely because the alien takeover of all human minds later that year would obviously complicate their production schedule. However, having extraterrestrials forever change the human sense of perception might actually help with our acceptance of the film, considering Aykroyd is now hinting it will happen with or without the participation of longtime holdout Bill Murray.

“Yes, we will be doing the movie and hopefully with Mr. Murray," Aykroyd said, notably using the formal surname to let him know he’s angry, or maybe just disappointed. "That is our hope.” However, Aykroyd admonished, “What we have to remember is that Ghostbusters is bigger than any one component—although Billy was absolutely the lead and contributive to it in a massive way, as was the director and Harold [Ramis], myself, and Sigourney [Weaver]. The concept is much larger than any individual role and the promise of Ghostbusters 3 is that we get to hand the equipment and the franchise down to new blood." It’s a promise!

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Aykroyd then explained, once again, that this passing of the franchise-torch to new cast members is necessitated by the fact that the original Ghostbusters will be portrayed as old and totally useless, thereby sullying fans’ memories of them in a more visceral sense and helping to provide closure, we guess. “My character, Ray, is now blind in one eye and can't drive the Cadillac," he said, carefully explaining to your inner child that, eventually, everyone and everything dies and rots in the ground. "He's got a bad knee and can't carry the packs,” he continued in soothing, paternal tones as your snuffling soul wiped hot tears and a long string of snot on its sleeve. “Egon is too large to get into the harness. We need young blood."

That young blood, Aykroyd reiterated, will course through the veins of a yet-to-be-cast crew of “three guys and a young woman” that may or may not include Criminal Minds’ Matthew Gray Gubler, whom Aykroyd now says he likes for the film, because why not? He's an actor, right? Of course, Aykroyd also insisted, again, that there will be a formal casting process, by which we’re guessing he means at least another year of musing aloud about this until it either does or doesn’t happen, whichever, let’s just get it over with. [via Coming Soon]