Who’d have thought that removing Dan Aykroyd from the driver’s seat of the Ghostbusters franchise would finally get a follow-up film in motion? Not that he’s completely absent from the process or anything, but Dan Aykroyd’s varyingly loony approaches to Ghostbusters 3 seemed doomed from the get-go, thanks in no small part to Bill Murray vehemently retaining his anti-sequel stance. Now that Paul Feig and co-writer Kate Dippold are moving forward with a completely unattached reboot, Murray has opened up a bit about leaving the franchise behind.
Murray is an actor that doesn’t do parts for money — and it would be ridiculous to think otherwise at this point in his career — so the fact that Ghostbusters 3 would have presumably made him a killing doesn’t really matter. He only wants to make films with stories that reach him, which is the opposite approach of how Sony wants to do things. Here’s how he put it in a recent interview with Variety: