Dan Aykroyd has confirmed that Bill Murray is officially, completely out of the running and won't be returning in any way, shape or form for the long awaited, long-gestating sequel Ghostbusters 3.

This news comes a couple of months after Murray reportedly shredded the latest version of the screenplay, and sent the remains back to Aykroyd in a box, though the actor /dan-aykroyd-talks-ghostbusters-3-bill-murray-rumors/denies such a thing ever happened.

At this moment in time, Ghostbusters 3 is on indefinite hold, and may never get made at all. Here is Dan Aykroyd's latest statements on the sequel, in which he reveals that Bill Murray would rather play golf and spend time with his kids than pull on that proton pack one last time.

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"At this point it's in suspended animation. The studio, the director Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis feel there must be a way to do it, but Bill Murray will not do the movie.

He doesn't want to be involved. He's got six kids, houses all over America. He golfs in these tournaments where they pay him to turn up and have a laugh. He's into this life and living it. I know we'd have a lot of fun [but] I can't be mad at him. He's a friend first, a colleague second. We have a deep personal relationship that transcends business and he doesn't want to know."

Dan Aykroyd also revealed that he has considered a CGI Bill Murray, with Peter Venkman having long since past away and now a ghost, but he doesn't believe Murray will ever approve that idea, or offer his voice talents.

"We're not going to do a movie that exploits the franchise. The script has to be perfect. I'm the cheerleader, but I'm only one voice in the matter. It's a surety that Bill Murray will not do the movie, however there is still interest from the studio."

After Ghostbusters 3 becomes a reality, if it ever does, Dan Aykroyd hopes to follow in Bill Murray's footsteps and leave acting behind.

"I don't need fame any more. People are less interested in me in terms of celebrity. I'm happy to see a new generation being the media focus. I'm happy my day is done. It's over."

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