Dan Aykroyd Says ‘Ghostbusters 3′ Production in 2013; Bill Murray ‘Won’t Be Involved’

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Pre-production discussion surrounding the highly-anticipated Ghostbusters 3 has presented an emotional roller coaster ride for diehard supporters of the series – especially with regard to Bill Murray’s role in the sequel. When it comes to fan-favorite character, Peter Venkman, there’s plenty of on-again off-again news – with many of the project’s key filmmakers blaming Murray for regularly stalling the movie. Murray, to his credit, has been respectful about the finger pointing, at least in the public eye, asserting that he’s open to supporting the film (and/or reprising his role) if he was presented with the right script.

However, for now at least, it sounds as though one-time Ghostbuster, Dan Aykroyd (who has been instrumental in moving the third film forward), is finally prepared to forge on without Murray.

It’s not the first time that Aykroyd has discussed moving forward without his ghostbusting partner but this time the actor/producer is offering a time window for Ghostbusters 3 production.

Speaking to Metro (in the UK) Aykroyd was extremely candid – flat out cutting Murray out of the equation before reflecting on the difficulty of the situation and teasing the future. Responding to the question, “Is Bill Murray doing [Ghostbusters 3]?” Aykroyd had this to say:

“No, I can tell you he won’t be involved.”

“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.”

As mentioned, Aykroyd also confirmed that the producers and studio are confident in the latest script idea (penned by Tropic Thunder‘s Etan Cohen) – and that, as a result, the film could begin production in 2013:

“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.”

The balance between “passing the torch” and “satisfying” prior fans is, no doubt, a tricky line to walk – and one of the many reasons that prior Ghostbusters 3 script drafts have failed to connect with studio executives, fans, and/or cast members.

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At one point, it was speculated that Murray would be the “bridge” from the old guard to the knew – by dying and turning into a ghost himself. However, as that is no longer likely to be the case (or anything more than a brief cameo), wherever the Ghostbusters 3 plot goes – it’ll start with some aging, yet familiar, faces (Aykroyd for one) recruiting a lively new batch of Ghostbusters. Therefore, expect the filmmakers to focus on corralling a new team of up-and-coming Ghostbusters – a group that the studio could use for an entirely new set of films (and toys).

For now, the Ghostbusters faithful had better imagine a sequel without the team’s leading man but, as Murray has previously indicated (in spite of Aykroyd’s comments), “You just have to have a really good script, you know, it’s hard. I think, you know, we’ll try again.

To Murray’s point, if the Cohen script falls flat somewhere along the road to 2013, there’s always that infamous J. Michael Straczynski idea.

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Source: Metro [via ComingSoon]

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  1. Like not even a cameo? Can’t hook us up with cameo? That’s an a-hole if I ever saw one right there. I’m through with the guy personally – screw him and his movies. Zombieland is the last good memory I will keep of him. Now he’s just a ponce.

    • The fact Murray participated in the amazing Ghostbusters Video Game is enough for me. And honestly this 3rd film installment will likely be so ad (from the proposed casting plans of “younger kids) I’ll just pretend teh game is the 3rd movie forever.

      If they want this to work they need to quit thinking “what would the kids these days like to see?”. Screw kids. How old were the orignal 4 guys? Early 30′s at least. UNLESS this “new generation” consists of the likes of Will Farell, John C. Riley, Dave Chappell, Vince Vaughn, Kristen Wigg, Danny McBride, Fred Armisen, and Steven Colbert. I just don’t see it working.

  2. HMMMMMMMMMMM?^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ would you hate stallone and ford if they decided to stop making rambo and indiana jones film’s, just because hes not gonna be in GB 3 is no reason to hate on the guy be thankful hes been around this long and hes givens us some pretty damn good films including some of the ones he had cameo’s in

    • I’d love to see Murray in the third one but don’t hate him for not doing it. Having said that, those are pretty shoddy comparisons. Both those other franchises are four movies deep and have had comeback films, like what GB3 is attempting to do.
      It’s starting to feel less like Murray is holding out for the sake of the integrity of the first two films and more like he enjoys the power trip of holding the fate of the franchise in the palm of his hand.

    • I don’t hate Bill Murray. There’s a difference between stubborness & hate.

  3. I saw Ghostbusters for the 1st time at a dollar theater in Ogden, Utah back in 1985 & loved it. Ghostbusters 2, eh not so much. Not at all actually. The atmosphere, tone, & feel of the 2nd movie was a universe apart from the 1st. It was rumored at the time also that none of the original cast even wanted to do a sequel & you could tell! That said, I almost dread the thought of a 3rd installment after the groundwork torn up by the train wreck of the 2nd! However, if there is to be a 3rd movie, then it has to have Bill Murray, otherwise they may as well just reboot the entire franchise if possible with an entirely different cast, or let it go altogether! I understand it’ll never have the nostalgia quotient associated with the 1st if they go the reboot route, but perhaps a contemporary version might still find a niche with today’s (I’m rue to say more “discriminating”) audience if they can find just the right actors to fill the roles. Who knows…

  4. I don’t know why GB2 gets such a bad wrap. I mean, it isn’t that bad. Honestly, it’s pretty decent. All the classic lines and jokes are there. I’ll admit the statue of liberty walking is a bit cheesy. I think the late 80s were a point where people started to wake up so they were more critical. In my opinion that’s the only flaw in the story but then again the stay puffed marshmellow man was cheesy too but somehow it worked because the story and premise was new. But maybe it didn’t work the second time because times changed. I dunno.

    I think Bill is a great actor.. one of my favs. There should be a point to make GB3. Passing the torch to younger kids is kinda lame if you ask me. Why can’t they still make a movie even if they are in their 60s? If they are looking for youth flavor just add some fresh faces to the team as cousins or something but keep the focus on the guys. Ya know.

    I can tell you now that passing the torch to younger kids is not going to be a box office hit! At this point they should just make a mature movie which is scary but take out any cheesy things (like stay pufft, statue of liberty walking) out of the equation.

    They should decide if the movie is going to be comedy or horror or a children’s fable! The first one was kinda all 3, the second one was the same. I’d say the 3rd one should be comedy and horror. Just make a semi-serious horror movie and let Bill do whatever he feels like it and roll the cameras.

  5. Vince Vaughn in Ghostbusters 3 please!!!!!!!!
    He would be perfect!!!!!!!!

  6. Vince Vaughn in Ghostbusters 3 please!
    He would be perfect!

  7. I am extremely tired of Bill’s game playing with his involvement in Ghostbusters 3. If he doesn’t want to do it fine, he’s entitled to say so. But the fanboy outcry of “no bill no movie” is just plain stupid. I love the films but it is time for the movie to be made. Give a tip of the hat to Bill by all means but time for him to be a roadblock to this film being made is over.

  8. I think ghostbusters 3 should be made Bill Murray and the other cast should play it will not be the same with out them.

  9. You can’t replace bill murry because it wouldn’t be the same

  10. its been already said by the end of last year around xmas dan or ramis got a call from bill saying hes in plus dan said that bill is the type to hold off till the last minute. im sure bill is tired of people asking about GB3 thats why he lies and says he aint in (i’d do the same) but we all know better bill showed up in 2011 at a movie awards dress in full buster gear. hell even bill said him self he was caught singing the theme song. so all of that should be proof enough that hes in for GB3!

  11. wanna see different ectoplasmic ghost–friggin ghost victims–qwqteehfqadg

  12. Its not fair to say “Bills and bad guy”. Its probably because he has so much respect for the story that the script would have to be absolutely perfect before he could be involved, and I can appreciate that. I’m a huge GB fan and would love to see the story go on, but it has to be perfect.

  13. The cast has to be Just right.

  14. I found this sweet metal cover they can use in the movie.

  15. Mr. Aykroyd. please get this movie out. we’re dying to see another ghost buster movie. don’t let anyone else take over this incredible concept and ruin the whole thing. please hurry up

  16. its not personal.. He had his chance, more than once. He passed.. MOVE on.. a lot of movies have went on without the main characters in them. they were successful. If he don’t wanna be in the best movies he has ever played in .. in my opinion.. MOVE on.. he will regret it time the results come out.. MOVE ON with G3. fans are waiting.

  17. what they need to do is just have a bunch of new actors play the parts who wants a bunch of aging hipsters seeing as bill murray is stalling, Harold ramis just died its not the same times change

  18. Well it looks like if they have not started the film, the only way they can have Harold Ramis now is as an actual ghost, so sad.

  19. Well Bill Murray just ruined GB3 for me, Hw could;ve like passed away, and, came back as a ghost in his GB gear(that was destroyedm along with him in an explosionm involving
    the past ghost that he fought hard to catch, He had it in his will, that his last request, that either, his son or daughter, take pver the GB business, thus, not selling it to anyone.

    He married the secretary and they had both, a son, and, a daughterm and they already worked part time within the GB businesam abnd aksi went out on calls while their dad was sick, and close to dying.

    Whenhe comes back as a ghost, he appears in front of all GB team membersm mostly, his
    kids, sayong that he is there with th em all the way. Murry just appears in bits and,
    pieces of the moviem thus, showing his non-involvefment w/the movie.

    @ the end, he appears for the last time, congratulating them on the catch of the world’s worst ghost. ANd gives his final wordss to his kids, b4 he ascends upward, to where there are nosuch things as ghosts, or ghostbusters. onw crew member(akroid) tells him U might never know, there just might be a ghost busters team up there, And murry says: U just might never know. and he tells his wife for the last time, to keep the kids inline, and I love U, and she says: I will,and, I love Um too.

  20. oh god another Rob Plant -___- buncha prima donnas

  21. I don’t feel that there is anyway for this to be successful without the inclusion of Bill Murray, even in a small role… but hey that is just my opinion and I will be one of the people who do or do not watch it!

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