Dan Aykroyd Says Bill Murray Won’t Return for GHOSTBUSTERS 3

     August 2, 2012


Dan Aykroyd has somehow become the Mark Millar of his own franchise.  While Mark Millar is an outsider who pretends like he knows the daily goings-on behind the adaptations of his comic books, Aykroyd is actually a producer of the Ghostbuters movies.  However, he exposes the key flaw in trying to give people specific status reports: the facts change on a daily basis.  Just because it’s sunny today, doesn’t mean it’s going to be sunny a year from now.  If everything Aykroyd said about Ghostbusters 3 was accurate, filming would have taken place this past spring.  But the most frequently asked question for Aykroyd hasn’t even been, “When do you start filming?”  It’s been, “Is Bill Murray coming back?”

The chances of Murray returning have always leaned towards no with the star highly reluctant to reprise his role as Dr. Peter Venkman.  There was a time when he seemed slightly up on the idea of the character returning as a ghost, but that’s about it.  Now it looks like Aykroyd is finally willing to move on without Murray.  Hit the jump for more.

ghostbusters-3-bill-murrayLast month, we reported that Ghostbusters 3 was still moving forward after having brought on Men in Black 3 screenwriter Etan Cohen to replace long-attached writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (Bad Teacher).  Today, in an interview with Metro, Aykroyd confirmed that Murray is out of Ghostbusters 3:

Is Ghostbusters 3 finally happening?

DAN AYKROYD: 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?

AYKROYD: 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?

AYKROYD: No, I can tell you he won’t be involved.

How do you feel about that?

AYKROYD: 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.

I don’t know why it’s “time” to make a third one and why they must move on.  Let’s be honest: do we need a third Ghostbusters movie?  Did Ghostbusters II leave some big mystery that can only be completed by a new film?  Keep in mind that this isn’t even the completion of a trilogy.  It’s, for all intents and purposes, a reboot.  They really don’t need any of the original Ghosbusters.  Why not have some kid find a proton pack and take it from there?

I think the biggest question for Aykroyd isn’t “Is Bill Murray coming back?” or “When will this movie get made?” but “Why do you want to make this movie so badly?”


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  • j. cho

    $$$, that’s why.

    I don’t think Dan’s still raking it in from Nothing But Trouble’s box office take.

    • Ryder

      Yeah maybe for the studio but do you really think Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis absolutely NEED this money? The answer is no.

      As a fan I regularly watch the movies every Halloween and i’d love to see what the Ghostbusters are up to. And the possibility of passing the torch is a cool idea. I’m on board for this every step of the way. Clerks II wasn’t need 12 years later but it worked well. Let’s hope the same can happen for Ghostbusters 3

  • JC

    Without Murray, I’m not sure I want to see this.

  • Jay

    Remember the Crystal Skull.

  • Annette

    No doubt he wants to make this movie because he (is probably) broke and has no career anymore (poor thing)

  • Kyle

    What about CaddyShack 3: Return of the Noonan?


    yeah, so any new news? ;)

  • Jackie DIane

    Seriously did NOBODY read my prelude to GBIII where we start with the OG boys in college?!?! SOMEBODY send it to Bill!

  • Flyersfan20

    Something tells me that if the new Ghostbusters was actually about “some kid” and he “found a proton pack” and was going to “take it from there” that Goldberg would have a problem with that as well.

  • Matt Goldbergs Mom

    It’s “TIME” for a new GB movie because Dan’s shitty Vodka isn’t selling so he needs a revenue stream.

  • Abide

    Ugh, if you’re really looking to kickstart things for a new generation, why not just do a straight reboot with new actors playing the old characters? Start from scratch. That way Danny-boy can still get a producer’s paycheck, but if the film blows, it won’t taint the originals. Even if this film does get made with the current intent, Murray’s absence will be so glaring, it’ll be tough to overcome.

  • Underground Anthem TX

    Spot on with the Millar comparison, Matt. Dan Aykroyd has become a parody of himself.

    Hopefully, his role in The Campaign will bring him back around and he doesn’t have to continue trying to exhume this (fantastic but PLAYED OUT) franchise.

  • Phil Beta

    “Why do you want to make this movie so badly?”

    Because we’re bank broke.

    Bill Murray was the spirit of the movies. No Bill, no movie.

    • John “Ratty” Arbuckle

      Wrong. Some of us have been waiting for this movie for 25 years. Bill Murray is not Ghostbusters. The concept is bigger than one actor. Ramis and Aykroyd wrote GB, Murray was just brought on as a Belushi replacement. Dan Aykroyd is Ghostbusters, if any one person is.

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