IT’S OFFICIAL: Bill Murray WILL NOT Be In “Ghostbusters 3”

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Since the idea of another Ghostbusters film returned to headlines after the series’ recent video game success, Dan Aykroyd has faced one question more than any other: Will Bill Murray be returning? Now, following months (probably years) of speaking as vaguely as possible on the subject, Aykroyd has confirmed that the final answer is no, there will be no Bill Murray in Ghostbusters 3 (that is, if Sony Pictures even decides to make it).

Speaking with The Telegraph about the film and Murray’s involvement, Aykroyd stated:

“I honestly don’t know. 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 had previously discussed recasting Murray’s role, but now does not see that as the way to go, adding that he’s “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 hard to imagine a Ghostbusters without Bill Murray, but I guess anything is possible. What about you? Would you see a third Ghostbusters film, possibly animated, even without Bill Murray’s involvement?

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