Dan Aykroyd Says Ghostbusters 3 in "Suspended Animation"; Bill Murray Won't Appear
Posted 03.01.12 by Ryan
If there's one person who's refused to give up on Ghostbusters III, its Dan Aykroyd. The actor, who co-wrote and co-starred in the 1984 original and the 1989 sequel, has been championing the project for years. Bill Murray, however, has been constantly poking fun at the idea of another sequel, at one point calling it "his nightmare." Last year, Murray even admitted that he hadn't read the script from The Office and Bad Teacher writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky.
Undeterred, Aykroyd has pressed on. Last August he said the latest installment would see the original Ghostbusters give up their photon packs to a new generation, and that Ghostbusters III would get made "and hopefully with Mr. Murray." In a recent interview with The Telegraph, it seems that Aykroyd has finally given in, admitting that Murray won't appear and that the sequel is in "suspended animation."
I honestly don't know. 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.
Aykroyd goes on to say there is still studio interest in a Ghostbusters III without Murray (which seems impossible), but that they won't make another just to "exploit the franchise."
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 hard to believe that Aykroyd would be interested in doing another Ghostbusters without Murray, even though his description of the movie suggests the new Ghostbusters would be the focus. Without Murray, the project seems dead... But in light of the never-ending reboots lately, we wouldn't put it past the studio to reboot the movie without Murray's participation.
What do you think? Would you see a Ghostbusters movie without Murray? Let us know with a comment below.