If I’m honest, this was expected sooner or later. It’s been very well publicized that Bill Murray is less than enthusiastic about returning as his character Peter Venkman in a third Ghostbusters movie, and it even surfaced that Murray shredded the script that was sent to him. Chatting to The Telegraph, Murray’s co-star Dan Aykroyd has delivered the latest update on where the project currently stands and says that Murray is not in the movie.
“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.”
Aykroyd then debunked a number of rumors regarding Murray in the movie, including whether there will be a CGI Venkman or if his role will be re-cast.
“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.”
It’s a shame… a DAMN SHAME… hopefully they go for a next generation type deal and have Oscar as one of the team.