Dan Akroyd, the most vocal champion for a third Ghostbusters film for basically the past two decades, says that production on the long-awaited Ghostbusters 3 will start in the spring of 2015. 

Of course, we've heard all that before, but this time we really, really want to believe the hype. 

Akroyd, who appeared on Today  this week to discuss the original film's 30th anniversary, was candid when asked about the next movie. 

“It looks like we’ll be in production, pre-production in the spring now, from what I’m hearing," said Akroyd, who would be returning to his role as Ray Stantz. "It should be good."

It's the first Ghostbusters sequel news we're getting since March, when Ivan Reitman announced he'd decided to not direct the third movie and would instead just produce. Sony still hasn't announced a replacement for himFactor in the death of Harold Ramis, who was supposed to return as Egon Spengler, and things get complicated. 

Bill Murray, in case you've forgotten, has said there's no way he'll be going back to the firehouse. 

We'll see what happens. For now you can plan to enjoy the original film when it returns to theaters in August

[Via Slashfilm]