Bad news for those hoping for a third installment of Ghostbusters… Dan Aykroyd has confirmed that Bill Murray will not do the movie. To make matters worse (depending on how you look at it), he is also reporting that the whole project is in limbo:
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…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.
If you were already disappointed with the “torch passing” theme they had for the film, the absence of Bill Murray as Peter Venkman will likely turn you off completely. Hopefully these guys will learn from the Star Wars prequels and the last Indiana Jones and shelve this idea before they tarnish the franchise.