Dan Aykroyd Says ‘Ghostbusters 3’ Has Lost Bill Murray Again

The sequel will revolve around the remaining Ghostbusters passing the torch to a new crop of youngsters.
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Dan Aykroyd Says ‘Ghostbusters 3’ Has Lost Bill Murray Again

Bill Murray will definitely not star in Ghostbusters 3 The lengthy saga of Bill Murray's up and down involvement with Ghostbusters 3 has, for now, come to an end. Dan Aykroyd confirmed in a recent interview that the comedic actor has bowed out once and for all. Here's what he had to say, when asked if Bill Murray will be a part of the sequel.

"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."

We reported in December that Bill Murray reportedly hated the script by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg (Year One, Bad Teacher). Then, in February, it was confirmed that the actor would not be involved... until Bill Murray revealed in April that, "It's a possibility" that he returns. Dan Aykroyd also confirmed that the sequel will feature a young crop of Ghostbusters.

"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 in the next year. 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 will make it happen."

We reported last month that Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) is writing the screenplay, although it isn't known if Ivan Reitman will be back to direct.

Ghostbusters comes to theaters July 15th, 2016.


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  • comicbookfan • 3 years ago

    Bill's an ass. They waited for him long enough. He just kept pulling their chain around on will-he, won't-he rumors. Time to move on with a big F-U to Bill Murray.


    • moviegeek • 3 years ago

      He looks so old!!


      • kashmanthillet • 3 years ago

        They should drop this sh*t already, they probably should come and say its a damn reboot already. Its pointless and u not going to make this movie without Bill Murray, plus this is one of the best franchise he has ever done 4 his career. 2 b honest I want 2 c this 3rd Ghostbusters film happen, but they just fooling around with just some ol' bullsh*t stuff. Now I said reboot maybe its because Columbia Pictures is rebooting their movies, but we all know its not a reboot its a sequel. Now if their going to do this without Bill Murray, just say that Peter Venkman died and someone or their children would continue their legacy. Maybe thats worth interesting anyway.


        • mcleve02 • 3 years ago

          I agree with killing the project... without the cast, it will not be accepted...


          • Fry-3000 • 3 years ago

            Sad to hear bill pulling out, but show must go on. Might have to do a back to the future part 2 gimmick and kill him off?


            • vanboy • 3 years ago

              Oregon, I was just going to comment the same thing. Reboot and have cameos from the original cast playing other characters, with Ramis producing. This can't be stalled forever because Murray is kicking tires.


              • superman81 • 3 years ago

                I think its best they move on like he said. If Bill truly cared about the fans he would not hesitate to come back. he seems like he is only out for himself and thats a real shame.


                • rudy • 3 years ago

                  I don't care. This is gonna turn out like how Duke Nukem turned out, taking more than a decade to make and then when it finally comes out it's mediocre at best. Just stop making Ghostbusters movies, why not a tv show?


                  • Soomdog • 3 years ago

                    i predict the old dark knight rises lie. no talia no robin. no murray. how he stated before that he might want his character killed off in the beginning. the writers can mention how hes dead in the beginning and make nothing of it and at the end make a twist that hes the ghost causing all the trouble or if anything a cameo at the end. if they're passing the torch then the screen time of the old cast doesnt have to be that long either. I just hope the writers try to make this a sci fi film with comedy in it then a year one/bad teacher kind of comedy where 5-10 minutes are based on riding off on one joke that goes off topic of the main story. with all the production delays its easy to see the script being out of its time on comedy. the office was hilarious a couple of years back, now its just horrible. if the writers use comedy that was good a couple of years ago....its played out by now


                    • moviedude21 • 3 years ago

                      Since he hasn't had a hit film in years, he should have put the effort in making this a good film to reboot his career. Oh well....


                      • oregon • 3 years ago

                        Lame. Just reboot the thing instead of tarnishing a great movie and an okay sequel.


                        • girishman • 3 years ago

                          It's sad to see him given up, maybe the script was too bad for him, who knows.. I'm two minds about this movie on one hand it has the potential to be great and the other well.... I'll be honest at this stage I don't really care if he's in this one or not my favourite was always Egon :D


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                            • ejk1 • 3 years ago

                              I'm at a loss for caring about this project.


                              • mka47 • 3 years ago

                                @phatalphd I like where your heads at. I say lose david cross and kevin hart and add bill hader and damon waynes jr.


                                • XxNickTheFilmCriticXx • 3 years ago

                                  @instead8909 -- He's being critical, and doesn't want to star in a movie that should've been made a long time ago, and one that will suck, at that(he read the script, and he hated it; it must've been trash, especially given the writers past work). Yeah, what an arrogant man..

                                  @Dark-White-Knight -- It's more like the first example.

                                  @skywise -- Nope. ;(


                                  • mka47 • 3 years ago

                                    so looking at the cast. Is the new ghostbuter team that is getting the torch passed to them going to be all girls? because that is rather lame


                                    • bawnian-dexeus • 3 years ago

                                      @Dark-White-Knight Bond is different. He can be played by anyone


                                      • instead8909 • 3 years ago

                                        Bill thinks he better than everyone, when he's not. He really needs to come back down to earth.


                                        • Dark-White-Knight • 3 years ago

                                          No ghostbusters with bill Murray....it's like saying no Harry potter with Daniel Radcliffe or no James bond with Daniel Craig


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