The rollercoaster ride concerning Bill Murray’s role in “Ghostbusters 3” is off… again! Back in June, Murray appeared on the “LATE SHOW with David Letterman,” and when pressed by Letterman about at least working on a script for the third installment, Murray hedged his bets by saying:
“Well, I think … we’ll try again. I always drag my feet on it.”
Today, news website Metro published an interview with fellow Ghostbusters co-star Dan Aykroyd, and this is what he had to say about the project.
Is “Ghostbusters 3” finally happening?
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 by next year.
It’s been a long process, hasn’t it?
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 we’ll make it happen.
Is Bill Murray doing it?
No, I can tell you he won’t be involved.
How do you feel about that?
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.
The real question is, how do fans feel about the on again, off again news concerning Bill Murray? Should the producers just let sleeping ghosts lie and forget the film? After all, it is a handoff film pushing a younger generation of Ghostbusters out into the limelight. How much screen time will the original cast members have compared to the younger group?
“Ghostbusters 3” is still in preproduction limbo, but may go into production sometime next year. Tentatively, the film will star Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Eliza Dushku, David Margulies, Sigourney Weaver (rumored,) Annie Potts (rumored,) and Anna Faris (rumored.) Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Lee Eisenberg, and Gene Stupnitsky wrote the screenplay. Ivan Reitman (?) directs.