It’s been a long time coming, but the news we’ve all expected for the past several years is finally out. Bill Murray will not be in the third Ghostbusters movie. Murray has done his best to keep the third film from happening by sending back script after script, and it looks like his fellow Ghostbuster, Dan Aykroyd, has finally called it. But if you think this means this is the end of the iconic movie franchise, you’re sadly mistaken.
In a recent interview for Metro, Dan Aykroyd confirmed that they were going ahead and finally making Ghostbusters 3 without Murray. While the thought of a Ghostbusters movie without Peter Venkman is a little disturbing, you can’t say that the team has not given Murray enough chances to jump on board the project. The first script for the proposed sequel was written by Aykroyd all the way back in the ’90s but was never used due to Murray’s lack of interest (the script was however later rewritten and used as the basis of the fairly enjoyable Ghostbusters videogame). With numerous scripts written since then, Murray has time and again said that he would only consider coming back to the Ghostbusters if the script was perfect. But it looks like Dan Aykroyd finally got tired of waiting on him. According to 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.
Unless this is just an elaborate PR stunt done just to surprise everyone at the theater (ala Zombieland), this means Venkman is out for real this time. So what do you think, can there be a Ghostbusters without Bill Murray, or is this third film doomed to failure?