It's a sad day for all of us Ghostbusters fans. After all this time of wondering and waiting to see if Bill Murray would be involved with Ghostbusters 3, it's all come to an end... and the answer is no.
Dan Aykroyd has confirmed that Murray will not reprise his role as Dr. Peter Venkman. Let us at this time take a moment of silence and shed a tear.
Aykroyd announced the sad news in an interview with the Telegraph in which he said...
At this point it's in suspended animation. The studio, the director Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis feel there must be a way to do it, but Bill Murray will not do the movie.
He doesn't want to be involved. He's got six kids, houses all over America. He golfs in these tournaments where they pay him to turn up and have a laugh. He's into this life and living it. I know we'd have a lot of fun [but] I can't be mad at him. He's a friend first, a colleague second. We have a deep personal relationship that transcends business and he doesn't want to know.
Damn. Murray is obviously enjoying the sweet life of doing what ever the hell he wants, when he wants. Now we previously heard that if he didn't do the movie there was a possibility that he would be replaced, which would be ridiculous. When confronted with this concern Akroyd said,
We're not going to do a movie that exploits the franchise. The script has to be perfect. I'm the cheerleader, but I'm only one voice in the matter. It's a surety that Bill Murray will not do the movie, however there is still interest from the studio.
Damn and damn. If Murray won't do it, I just say scrap the project. There is no Ghostbusters without Venkman. As much as I would love to see these character return to the big screen, it would mean nothing to me without Murray.
I don't think this movie is getting made. What do you think about all this?