Ghostbusters 3 interviews are something we rarely report on. It's not that we hate Ghostbusters or are necessarily opposed to another installment, but so much of it is non-news. In this case, we thought readers might be interested to learn that the new version of the script is being developed without Bill Murray's Peter Venkman character.
Here's what Dan Aykroyd had to say during a recent interview:
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 in the 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 will 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.
Ghostbusters 3 was picking up steam last year, but Bill Murray's lack of interest reportedly stopped it from moving forward. It has been said that he had problems with the script and Sony recently hired Etan Cohen (Men in Black 3, Tropic Thunder) to give it another try. It seems that the studio is interested in moving forward with this property and doesn't want to hinge its success on Murray's commitment.
We've heard Dan Aykroyd talk about moving forward with this film for years and he is actively involved on the project, but don't take his word of the movie going into production this year as fact until we get an official announcement from Sony.