‘Ghostbusters 3′ Getting a Rewrite; Bill Murray Not Officially Out?

Published 3 years ago by , Updated June 13th, 2014 at 10:02 am,

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The screenplay for Ghostbusters 3 has been as much a source for rumor and wild speculation as the entire project, over the years. Writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (Year One, Bad Teacher) have long been credited for the current draft and, depending on who you believe, franchise scribes/stars Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis may have done a rewrite (which failed to win Bill Murray’s approval).

It seemed the point of no return had been reached when, earlier this year, Aykroyd announced that Murray is out for a third Ghostbusters movie (should it ever happen). The latter comedic actor has since hinted that he’s not. Fans have been given little reason to think much of either actor’s claims, though, as the belated threequel has supposedly been “in suspended animation” for months.

Aykroyd recently made a stop in Amherst on a promotional tour for his popular Crystal Head Vodka and there the newbie sexagenarian announced (via WIVB) that a new – as yet, unnamed – writing staff is at work on the Ghostbusters 3 script. He went on to emphasize that “It’s got to be perfect. That’s the whole thing. There’s no point in doing it unless it’s perfect. So that’s what we’re up to now.”

The most heavily-rumored storyline for a third live-action Ghostbusters movie has been a passing-the-torch scenario, where the original team of paranormal investigators (Murray, Aykroyd, Ramis, and Ernie Hudson) train a new generation of ghost catchers – with Murray’s character, Dr. Peter Venkman, dying in the first act (or prior to the beginning of the film) and returning as a specter thereafter.

One has to wonder how the new writing staff will deviate from that setup, given’s Murray’s apparent lack of enthusiasm. There’s a possibility that the actor’s role could be significantly reduced, for that reason; given his non-committal status either way, though, it’s unlikely that Murray will be written out entirely (but not utterly inconceivable).

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Murray’s most recent comment about GB3 is, “You just have to have a really good script, you know, it’s hard. I think, you know, we’ll try again.” That polite response is on the same level as Murray’s previous claim that Ghostbusters 3 remains “a possibility.” In other words: the actor’s not completely against the venture, but he doesn’t exactly seem to have high hopes (a sentiment many fans surely share, at this juncture).

So, in summation: Ghostbusters 3 is once again slowly making progress down the production pipeline (creaking and groaning along the way). Whether or not it will break down somewhere, and end up being scrapped entirely – that remains to be seen.

We’ll keep you updated on Ghostbusters 3 as more information is released.

Source: WIVB, Bill Murray [via Bloody Disgusting]

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  1. Please. Please. Just let it die. It won’t be worth all this trouble.

    • I wish they would. This is going to suck if they get their way and take no notice of what the audience wants.

  2. OMG, does anyone besides Dan Aykroyd care at this point?

  3. I’m hearing rumors that Bill Murray is dying, and true to his reputation for keeping his personal life to himself, isn’t telling anybody in the media about it. He’s just gonna blow everybody off. Does anybody know if this is true?

    • ugh.

      think about your statement for a second. so he’s telling nobody that he’s dying.. yet you and a bunch of other random people on the internet ‘know’ that he is….

      see the internal flaw in what you’re saying?

      the rumor is exactly that, just a rumor.

    • you can’t call it ghostbusters without murray….

  4. The world doesn’t need a new GB movie. This is just the studio’s attempt to cash in on the reboot fad happening now. bill is smart in demanding that the script be absolutely perfect as I’m sure he doesn’t want the legacy of the franchise to be tarnished by a half-baked money grabbing, post-converted 3D mess

  5. I love you Bill Murray, I really do… But stop teasing us. Do it or don’t do it, but stop stringing us along… It’s mean!


    Hyde Park on Hudson is your Oscar winner, I can feel it in my bones!

  6. I bet if Wes Anderson did the re-write old Bill would sign on for sure!

  7. I am on the threshold of establishing the indispensable defense science of the next decade – Professional Reboot Investigations and Eliminations.

  8. Bill Murray is not a fan of sequels because he knows they are never as good as the original and GB2 proved his point. I would love a GB3 but it may be too late for the old gang. Aykroyd and Ramis have not been in a hit movie in forever so I can see them wanting to make one lasts big hit. I am hoping it happens and it better be good!

  9. As an avid fan of the original movies and a huge fan of Bill, I really hope this doesn’t ever happen.

    Look at it this way: the actors are old, I can’t think of a single actor or actress that could ever truly replace the original cast and tv’s fascination with ghosts is slowly fading back into the background with Most Haunted cancelled, Ghost Hunters dwindling in popularity and ratings etc etc so why bother?

    I hope Bill continues to awkwardly dismiss it and expect a better script every time they produce one for him until Dan takes the hint and drops the project for good.

    It’s like the Clarence Boddicker character in the original Robocop movie, no one will beat or come close to matching the first Ghostbusters movies so what would be the point in tarnishing a legacy?

  10. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Murry’s part can go like this, Peter and Dana are married and Peter is fully retired from the company. But still comes in as the sceptic, thusly Murry doesn’t have to suit up. In fact how about Peter still has his tv show that he had in the second film, and has become even more of a New York personality. So he’s a consultant for the Ghostbusters. I personally like that.

  11. Dan Aykroyd is doing his reputation a great disservice by prolonging this Ghostbusters III nonsense.
    I think he does it intentionally to fail, just to have an alternate source of PR for his vodka.
    Why would he hold so firmly to a progect that depends so much on the participation of just one cast member when he could channel all this energy to a very easily produced and well received Blues Brothers sequel or spin-off?
    I know for a fact, from my industry contacts that there is a wonderful Blues Brothers script readily available by someone who is even on Twitter.
    It is very difficult to take Dan Aykroyd seriously when he does such career suicide.
    He should be very careful not to keep beating a dead horse.

  12. i honestly dont give a F*** about this movie anymore. i did but i now know it will suck.

  13. Well, if they ever do it all I can say is Cast Tim Curry as the new Dickless (or Hardemeyer).

  14. Would be cool to see a new Ghostbusters movie with the technology available today. Honestly though I’m like a majority of other people sick of “it’s coming, it’s coming” and then for whatever reason it stalls. Just let it be. New cartoon however I would like to see. If Thundercats could pull off a successful reboot then why not Ghostbusters on the cartoon front? 80′s Now on Cartoon Network. Has a nice ring to it.

  15. Bill Murray wants to do Ghostbusters 3. But Bill Murray wants Ghostbusters 3 to be Grade A Material like the first Ghostbusters. He does not want something just thrown together. Not for the Ghostbusters Franchise. I agree with him 110 percent. Ghostbusters 2 could have been alot better.

    • Trust me, ‘Ghostbusters 2′ will look like a classic up against ‘Ghostbusters 3′ if it ever gets made. People will look at it like they looked at the musch despised ‘Temple Of Doom’ after ‘Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’.

  16. I’d rather see a sequel to Three Amigos before this ish. Ghostbusters is a great piece of moviemaking, a time capsule from 1984, and an attempt to duplicate it should never have been made (see Ghostbusters 2).

    • Stop bitching about Ghostbusters 2. It was a great movie.

  17. If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.

  18. ghostbusters was great because it was the kind of edgy, subversive satirical comedy film that just doesn’t really get made by major studios anymore. it was risky and it was different, it’s everything a 30 year overdue cashgrab sequel can not possibly be.

    at best we can hope for is a Kingdom of the Crystal Skull or Phantom Menace… at worst, Blues Brothers 2000 or Year One.

  19. They’ve got the writers for Year One/Bad Teacher working on this adn expect it to be “perfect”???!!!! No wonder Bill Murray is out. Dont blame him one bit. They should put Murray in charge and have Wes Anderson or Jim Jarmusch direct, have it a little more cynical, darker and melancholy. Chuck the whole passing of the baton to a younger generation (which sounds absolutely horridly cliched).

  20. I haven’t read anything about Rick Moranis returning to the cast of GB3. I think Louis Tully should take Peter Venkman’s place.

  21. hi i think you need to make GHOSTBUSTERS 3 & 4