Bill Murray... we all know his long Ghostbusters 3 history, but he recently made us believe that there was hope he would return to the franchise for a third time to reprise his role as Peter Venkman. Today Dan Aykroyd has made it very clear that Murray is not going to be in the film, but that they will move forward without him. Here's what he had to say in a recent interview with Metro,
Is Ghostbusters 3 finally happening?
Yes, 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. I'm confident we'll be in production in the next year.
It's been a long process, hasn't it?
Yes, but 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.
Is Bill Murray doing it?
No, I can tell you he won't be involved.
How do you feel about that?
It's sad but we're passing it on to a new generation. 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.
The new writter that he's talking about is the recently announced Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 writer Etan Cohen. Personally, I don't think the movie should be made without Murray: if he's not in it, then don't do it. He's the best character in the franchise. Hell! He is the franchise.
Aykroyd previously gave this little bit of information on the film.
My character’s eyesight is shot, I got a bad knee, a bad hip—I can’t drive that caddy anymore or lift that Psychotron Accelerator anymore, it’s too heavy. We need young legs, new minds—new Ghostbusters; so I’m in essence passing the torch to the new regime, and you know what? That’s totally okay with me.
What do you think of Murray being officially out of Ghostbusters 3?