Dan Aykroyd Confirms that Bill Murray is Out of Ghostbusters 3

For better or worse, I’m getting the feeling that this could be the last time we hear about Ghostbusters 3 for quite some time. A few weeks ago, there was a rumour going around that Bill Murray’s role might be recast in the upcoming Ghostbusters film. Murray has long been the sole holdout on the project, and after repeatedly stating that he wants nothing to do with it, Dan Aykroyd finally seemed to be coming to realization that no one would be able to change his mind. In a recent interview, Aykroyd officially acknowledged that fact, and also indicated that the project had essentially been put on hold indefinitely. Is Ghostbusters 3 dead in the water? It sure sounds like it is.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Aykroyd spoke about how he isn’t really pursuing film work much anymore and how he will only work with “triple-A superstars.” Ghostbusters 3 seems to be the one exception. Aykroyd had this to say about the status of the project:

“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.”

The topic of recasting the role or making Bill Murray’s character completely CG is broached, but Aykroyd doesn’t seem very hopeful. Bill Murray would still have to give his approval, and that seems highly unlikely.

“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.”

It’s frustrating that the studio made all these announcements about Ghostbusters 3 without even having Bill Murray on board. I suppose they were hoping that they could convince him once all of the fans began to express their enthusiasm. And while you have to respect Murray for holding out, it’s also a bit frustrating because it’s not like he’s never done bad movies just for the cash. I guess he holds Ghostbusters a little closer to his heart… either that or he just can’t stomach a repeat of the bad reviews that Ghostbusters 2 received. Are you disappointed by this news? Will Ghostbusters 3 ever see the light of day, or will they just eventually turn it into a remake instead?

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  • No sequal, no remake. Here’s a novel idea, Hollywood. Let’s try and make something… NEW!!!! I’M CRAZY!!!!!!!

  • Daniel

    How about scratch the whole idea! Most sequels and remakes suck, anyway!

  • Nelson

    I’ve said it before on here, probably too many times :)
    but “if it will make money, even a little, it will probably get made”. The question is, will it be good or will it completely suck? I hate to say it, but reboot comes to mind. If they are uncertain about the quality of the film without Murray and using the rest of the original cast, it make me a worthwhile effort to start from scratch with a completely new cast.

    Then again, maybe this is another example of just leave well enough alone. “Ghostbusters” most likely wouldn’t be “Ghostbusters” without the original cast. It’s just that well-established of a franchise.

    If they actually took a lot of time and searched around for the perfect actors for the roles, they might be able to do a very good quality remake. I wouldn’t want to be the person responsible for doing the picking of those actors though :)

  • Nelson

    “make me” should have been “might be”

    I know, I suck :)

  • They re-casted The Three Stooges. Of course, we’ve yet to see how that performs at the box office.

  • Hugo Van Nor

    Good news. Let it rest and move on. Like Star Trek movies. Oh wait.

  • james

    Bill Murray just doesn’t care about fans anymore. Let him do what he wants. People like him are just too important and they forget about the people like fans that have made him what he is today. Move on and find actors who still want to work and take chances.