Ghostbusters 3: Dan Aykroyd Promises It Will Happen With or Without Bill Murray
Posted 08.26.11 by Ryan
Talk of a potential Ghostbusters III has been going on for years, but the main sticking point has been Bill Murray, who seems to have no interest in returning whatsoever. Usually that leaves either Dan Aykroyd or Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman to publicly address that the sequel is happening, no matter how much Murray seems to slow down any forward progress.
In January, Reitman admitted that the script, from Bad Teacher screenwriters Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, was finally complete, but, a month later, Murray admitted he hadn't read it.
Since it's been like this for a while, with Murray publicly calling the highly-anticipated sequel his "nightmare" or dismissing Ghostbusters III rumors as "a bunch of crock", it looks like Aykroyd has had enough. The actor-writer appeared on The Dennis Miller Show (via ComingSoon) and said the sequel was happening with or without Murray.
Yes, we will be doing the movie and hopefully with Mr. Murray. That is our hope. We have an excellent script. And what we have to remember is that Ghostbusters is bigger than any one component, although Billy was absolutely the lead and contributive to it in a massive way, as was the director and Harold [Ramis], myself [and all of us — Sigourney [Weaver]. The concept is much larger than any individual role and the promise of Ghostbusters III is that we get to hand the equipment and the franchise down to new blood because my character, Ray, is now blind in one eye, can't drive the Cadillac, has a bad hip, bad knee and can't pick up the pack. Harold, uh, Egon is too large to get into the harness. We need young blood and that's the promise. We're gonna hand it to a new generation.
Aykroyd said he was hoping to head "into production in the spring" though none of the "new generation" of Ghostbusters have been chosen. Aykroyd did mention one possible actor he did like for a role in the sequel.
I like this guy Matthew Gray Gubler from the Criminal Minds show, but there's going to be a casting. We're going to see everyone that wants to do it. We're going to need... three guys and a young woman.
We admit, a Ghostbusters movie without Murray sends shivers up our spines, but Aykroyd sounds determined, and clearly, Murray has been obstinate for enough years that they may have no choice but to move on without him.