"Ghostbusters 3" has been in the works for years, but Bill Murray's involvement with the
project has been a flashpoint of speculation, with rumors ranging from one in
which Murray would appear only as a ghost to one with the
notoriously cagey star ripping a draft of the script to shreds. Now, Murray's
co-star and the film's shepherd Dan Aykroyd has some serious news
regarding the future of the long-awaited project.
Aykroyd tells the U.K.'s Metro that although he's "confident we'll be in
production in the next year," Bill Murray "won't be involved."
"It's sad, but we're passing it on to a new generation," says Aykroyd.
"'Ghostbusters 3' can be a successful movie without Bill. My preference would be
to have him involved, but at this point he doesn't seem to be coming and we have
to move on. It's time to make the third one."
Regarding the "it's on, it's off, it's on" nature of the project, Aykroyd
says, "Now we've got the studio on side. We've tried a few concepts which
weren't right, but now we've got a good structure and will make it happen. We've
got a brilliant new writer on it and we'll be passing the torch on to a new
generation. We're working on it to make it just right to satisfy our fans."
Perhaps Murray will have a change of heart once the final script is
delivered, which of course would prompt yet another rewrite. No word on whether
or not we'll see the likes of "Ghostbusters" stars Harold Ramis and Ernie
Hudson, or supporting players Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis and Annie Potts,
but it's a good bet Slimer will make a cameo.
The last time we saw New York's finest supernatural pest controllers was in
1989's "Ghostbusters II," and of course the first "Ghostbusters" conquered the
world in 1984.
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