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Dan Aykroyd On Ghostbusters 3 Rumours
Ray himself on script-shredding and more

13 February 2012  |  Written by Ali Plumb  

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Dan Aykroyd On Ghostbusters 3 Rumours

The absurdly charming one-time Ghostbuster and Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd was in the Empire office today for a webchat, and as well as shaking the hand of everyone in the building (including a bewildered delivery man) and being an all-round hero, he also answered a few questions.

As you might have guessed, a couple were about the much-talked-about Ghostbusters 3, and here are some interesting tidbits about just that. 

[Talking about the reclusive Rick Moranis] "If we can get the script to Ghostbusters 3 right, then it would definitely have Moranis as a major component. None of us would want to do the movie without having him as a participant."

Even more intriguingly, Aykroyd hinted that Bill Murray may not return as Peter Venkman, and that the character could be played by a different actor, a la Jack Ryan.

[Talking about Ghostbusters 3 generally] "The script must be perfect. We cannot release a film that is any less than that. We have more work to do."

Vague, granted, but there you go. As for the internet rumour that Murray recently shredded a Ghostbusters 3 script and sent it back with a note that said, "No-one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts", Aykroyd denied it with vigour.

"Bill Murray is not capable of such behaviour. This is simply something that would not be in his nature. We have a deep, private personal relationship that transcends business. We communicate frequently and his position on the involvement in Ghostbusters 3 has been made clear and I respect that. But Bill has too much positive estimation of my writing skills to shred the work." 

So that's that - if Bill Murray has a shredder, he's reserving use of it for bank statements and the like.

The question is, are you guys still interested in a Ghostbusters 3 movie? What if the project went ahead without Murray? Let us know below.


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RE: Murray is a MUST
As I have said just leave Ghostbusters alone its taking two much time and it will never live up to the first film. And Ghostbusters II was a good film so its time to move on. More

Posted by NCC1701A at 09:27 on 02 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Murray is a MUST
L: Invader_Ace L: OPEN YOUR EYES Maybe they could do a Ghostbuster origin story/film ... Just an idea.. Err... Have you actually seen Ghostbusters?! es. I mean start all over again,y'know like star trek 09. Dont see any problem with that personally,be better than bringing out the dead woood. More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 15:41 on 01 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Murray is a MUST
L: OPEN YOUR EYES Maybe they could do a Ghostbuster origin story/film ... Just an idea.. sp; Err... Have you actually seen Ghostbusters?! More

Posted by Invader_Ace at 15:11 on 01 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: "What a crime!"
Apologies in advance for freestyling an opening to GHOSTBUSTERS THREE: Point 1: NOT a passing of the Torch idea. Slightly sombre opening scenes as the main characters journey to a funeral, we see each main character indvidually en route, except for Doctor Peter Venkman. A large crowd of mourners is gathered around a grave as emotional music swells, camera cranes up to reveal...The main characters are the only ones standing by another grave, far, far to the opposite end of the cemete More

Posted by jobloffski at 04:11 on 01 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: "What a crime!"
I love Ghostbusters and I love Bill Murray but I don't think that another sequel necessarily needs Bill Murray in it for it to be a good film. I think that Aykroyd, Ramis, Hudson, Moranis and Potts are a strong enough central cast to carry the movie and there'll more than likely be additional characters which will be introduced as well. However Venkmans absence will need to be somehow explained in way which is both subtle and believable. I think that Ghostbusters III still has the pot More

Posted by mlavagna at 00:45 on 01 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Murray is a MUST
Maybe they could do a Ghostbuster origin story/film ie Like X-men First Class,Batman Begins ,Star trek 2009 etc. Be a good stand point for a new beginning. Just an idea.. More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 22:48 on 29 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Murray is a MUST
Good. Means it's less likely to escape development hell. More

Posted by rich at 22:42 on 29 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Murray is a MUST
Apparently Murray is officially out.://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=87587 More

Posted by Sotto Voce at 17:44 on 29 February 2012 | Report This Post

Murray is a MUST
Oh man, you cant do ghostbusters without murray... I know they can come up with a good script for everyone- just keep working on it. I love the movies & I hope they bring us another one :) More

Posted by quiktripper at 01:44 on 21 February 2012 | Report This Post

So What
Perhaps Murray has a valid point. I could care less if there is a #3. More

Posted by bamamike at 23:53 on 19 February 2012 | Report This Post

Ghostbusters 3 is just a terrible idea
A third Ghostbusters film almost certainly won't work, there are just too many things against its favour. Edit - please don't post just to advertise personal sites. More

Posted by Chris88mph at 11:10 on 18 February 2012 | Report This Post

Ghostbusters 2000
After the flippin' awful smack in the testicles that was Blue Brothers 2000, I'm wary of anything Ackroyd pillages from his past. Bill Murray is the litmus test - if he's in, it's because it's quality, if he's out, it's because it's got Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Vodka written all over it. Ghostbusters without Murray is just the Blues Brothers without Belushi, it's Hell Metal without the blue notes, it's the Beatles without John and George, it's a page three model with no breasts, ginger pi More

Posted by Adsyboy at 23:12 on 17 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: "What a crime!"
L: Kayotik The problem is fanboys hate change. all do. I'm a fan of Doctor Who and also like Ghostbusters,but I don't hate change. Change is good and refreshing. There's nothing wrong with a regeneration. I'd love to see a Ghostbusters movie with the original Ghostbusters and some new Ghostbusters in. More

Posted by Dalekbuster523 at 19:14 on 17 February 2012 | Report This Post

Hurry up,Ghostbusters 3!
I wish Ghostbusters 3 would hurry up and be released. But it's good to know they're taking the script seriously-hopefully that means it'll be a good movie. More

Posted by Dalekbuster523 at 19:05 on 17 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Busted!!!
L: Kayotik L: Templars27 Ghostbusters 3 without Murray... unthinkable. The ] made the last two films work, ou know there were 4 Ghostbusters right? lways forgetting the Black guy.. More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 18:52 on 17 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Busted!!!
L: Templars27 Ghostbusters 3 without Murray... unthinkable. The ] made the last two films work, ou know there were 4 Ghostbusters right? More

Posted by Kayotik at 17:37 on 17 February 2012 | Report This Post

Busted!!!
Ghostbusters 3 without Murray... unthinkable. The trio made the last two films work, more so on Ghostbusters 2 because the film was not to the high standard of the first film. Without that core the third film will seem very empty. I`ve heard the idea is to bring in an all new cast with the original mentoring them and eventually passing the torch, but i feel this is a terrible idea. It would be better to conclude the trilogy with the original stars and if the film makes enough money, then pos More

Posted by Templars27 at 11:34 on 17 February 2012 | Report This Post

Busted!!!
Ghostbusters 3 without Murray... unthinkable. The trio made the last two films work, more so on Ghostbusters 2 because the film was not to the high standard of the first film. Without that core the third film will seem very empty. I`ve heard the idea is to bring in an all new cast with the original mentoring them and eventually passing the torch, but i feel this is a terrible idea. It would be better to conclude the trilogy with the original stars and if the film makes enough money, then pos More

Posted by Templars27 at 11:34 on 17 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: I met Dan
Murray not being a part of a new movie may not be a bad thing. He has 'can't be arsed' written all over him ,if were going by his recent performances. More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 22:52 on 16 February 2012 | Report This Post

I met Dan
I met Dan Aykroyd at Gerrys Wines in soho a couple of days ago. He was really friendly and i manged to bag a signed bottle of his crystal skull vodka. As for GB3, im glad it keeps getting held back due to the scripts not being up to scratch. I know there's nothing us GB fans want more than a 3rd movie, but imagine what a kick in the teeth it would be if they started filming now and released a sub par movie. I dont think Bill Murray has a problem with being in a new GB movie, i just think More

Posted by TonyL28 at 21:26 on 16 February 2012 | Report This Post

No Murray, no Venkman!
If Akroyd is dead set on doing this movie, and Murray is in fact out, I would do it without Venkman being a character, other than to reference why he isn't there. Recasting the character would be cinematic suicide, and it would do irreparable harm to the franchise. What they should do it what they did with Star Trek: Generations, which was also about one generation handing the reins over to the next one. Generations did not have Spock in it, so it was done without him, with only one referenc More

Posted by wnsnavigator73 at 18:49 on 16 February 2012 | Report This Post

By the way...
If Mr. Murray reads this... the old fat guy comment... that was quoting you... to me, you are and always will be hot hot hot. More

Posted by juanitarcc76 at 18:44 on 16 February 2012 | Report This Post

MR AYKROYD and anyone else reading this....
C'mon, folks... this is easily solved... The Ghostbusters were, in addition to spook fighters, businessmen. This business would have likely expanded, including more employees and enabling others to retire over time... Bill wouldn't HAVE to be a fat old man fighting ghosts... he could have a role in a retiree capacity(cameo at least) or even, maybe, kill him off somehow and have him return AS a ghost. Why not? Slimer was a homey in the cartoon series... why couldn't Venkman be a homey, too? So, i More

Posted by juanitarcc76 at 18:39 on 16 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Possibilities
L: Traveler409 perhaps tweeking the original like they did with the original Star Wars films and re-release both films. Just a thought. think the last thing anyone wants to see is the original Ghostbusters films re-released with added, and completely out of place CGI. More

Posted by Kayotik at 11:24 on 16 February 2012 | Report This Post

Possibilities
It would be great to see the gang busting ghosts once again, but if getting everyone on board isn't possible, then another direction would be to have the children of the ghostbusters filling in and going head to head with a vengeful Zul. Course if neither of those can be worked out, then perhaps tweeking the original like they did with the original Star Wars films and re-release both films. Just a thought. More

Posted by Traveler409 at 01:35 on 16 February 2012 | Report This Post

Possibilities
It would be great to see the gang busting ghosts once again, but if getting everyone on board isn't possible, then another direction would be to have the children of the ghostbusters filling in and going head to head with a vengeful Zul. Course if neither of those can be worked out, then perhaps tweeking the original like they did with the original Star Wars films and re-release both films. Just a thought. More

Posted by Traveler409 at 01:34 on 16 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: "What a crime!"
The problem is fanboys hate change. They absolutely detest the idea of an original being tampered with and will protest the release as much as possible, probably even seeing it and denying themselves the ability to enjoy it. There are occasions when it can be good. Granted I haven't played it all the way through, but from what I've seen of the Ghostbusters video game of recent years, which featured the original cast, it was a really enjoyable story which explored the universe created More

Posted by Kayotik at 10:25 on 15 February 2012 | Report This Post

"What a crime!"
The longer this procrastinates the higher chance that it will be a let down. Especially if there is to be no Murray. I think a lot of people would be happy with just the two that were made. And let's face it, the second one was pushing it a bit. More

Posted by Wozza80 at 18:17 on 14 February 2012 | Report This Post

"What a crime!"
The longer this procrastinates the higher chance that it will be a let down. Especially if there is to be no Murray. I think a lot of people would be happy with just the two that were made. And let's face it, the second one was pushing it a bit. More

Posted by Wozza80 at 18:17 on 14 February 2012 | Report This Post

"What a crime!"
The longer this procrastinates the higher the chance it'll be a let-down. Especially if there is no Murray. I'd be quite happy to leave them as they are, and let's face it, the second one pushed it a bit. More

Posted by Wozza80 at 18:13 on 14 February 2012 | Report This Post

"What a crime!"
The longer this procrastinates the higher the chance it'll be a let-down. Especially if there is no Murray. I'd be quite happy to leave them as they are, and let's face it, the second one pushed it a bit. More

Posted by Wozza80 at 18:13 on 14 February 2012 | Report This Post

"What a crime!"
The longer this procrastinates the higher the chance it'll be a let-down. Especially if there is no Murray. I'd be quite happy to leave them as they are, and let's face it, the second one pushed it a bit. More

Posted by Wozza80 at 18:12 on 14 February 2012 | Report This Post

"What a crime!"
The longer this procrastinates the higher the chance it'll be a let-down. Especially if there is no Murray. I'd be quite happy to leave them as they are, and let's face it, the second one pushed it a bit. More

Posted by Wozza80 at 18:12 on 14 February 2012 | Report This Post

Old can be funny!
"No-one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts" They were hardly the most athletic group for the first movie so watching them now that they are older would make it even funnier to me More

Posted by alexd at 11:42 on 14 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE:
Leave Ghostbusters in the past where it belongs, with its reputation maintained by affectionate nostalgia. The legacy can only be tarnished by a much belated continuation (like Indy 4). More

Posted by BelfastBoy at 10:10 on 14 February 2012 | Report This Post

There is no Ghostbusters 3 without Bill Murray. Best get Wes Anderson involved... More

Posted by amudie at 09:45 on 14 February 2012 | Report This Post

It's GOING to happen ...
... so I'm enthusiastic about how seriously Ackroyd is taking the writing. I think it's commendable. Shame Murray doesn't want to do it, but that doesn't automatically mean it will suck. However, they will need a new actor who's at least as funny as Bill Murray ... and there's the rub! They need to think outside the box, like having someone such as Kristen Wiig as the daughter of Louis and Janine. New angles will keep it fresh! More

Posted by Nicky C at 09:27 on 14 February 2012 | Report This Post

"No-one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts" simply untrue. More

Posted by stuxmusic at 08:52 on 14 February 2012 | Report This Post

"No-one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts" simply untrue. More

Posted by stuxmusic at 08:52 on 14 February 2012 | Report This Post

"No-one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts" simply untrue. More

Posted by stuxmusic at 08:52 on 14 February 2012 | Report This Post

If they can sort the script and the premise out...
...then why not go for it? I can understand Bill Murray not wanting to do it but if he sees a script he's happy with then it would be difficult to refuse on creative integrity alone. I do kind of like the idea of them passing the mantle to a younger generation but the casting would have to be spot on. More

Posted by MusicLovesYou at 08:48 on 14 February 2012 | Report This Post

Leave The Classics Alone
OK, I loved the Ghostbusters and Dan Aykroyd is one of my favourite people but there is no real need for a third movie. Especially if they're not all on board. It's just going to be a 3D disaster and more than likely mirror events of the first to keep the key players in and bring back Mr. Stay Puft (undoubtedly the best monster ever). Whilst I'd like to see these guys together again, I wish they'd just let sleeping dogs lie. We all saw what happened when they made a sequel to the Blues Bro More

Posted by Y2Neildotcom at 08:41 on 14 February 2012 | Report This Post

bring in The Rock
i know.. bring The Rock in.. maybe that would work, no? :p More

Posted by zack_ryan at 04:05 on 14 February 2012 | Report This Post

bring in The Rock
i know.. bring The Rock in.. maybe that would work, no? :p More

Posted by zack_ryan at 04:05 on 14 February 2012 | Report This Post

If you enjoyed GB then why the hell not want to see another maybe better?
Bring it on! And despite all nay sayers 3D ghosts would work a treat! Oh yes 3Dify the old one why don't you too please! More

Posted by U Boll at 00:09 on 14 February 2012 | Report This Post

Without Bill Murray!
Without Bill Murray you have nothing. More

Posted by ChicksHands at 00:00 on 14 February 2012 | Report This Post

Nice idea
I think I like the idea of it more than I'd actually like to see it. Ghostbusters is my favourite movie, but it was very much a film of it's time that wouldn't work now. Look at all of the 80s films that have been brought back in the 21st - Die Hard, the Thing, Indy and Star Wars, they just pale in comparison. Best just to leave it alone and concentrate on doing something new More

Posted by littlechris at 23:27 on 13 February 2012 | Report This Post

The Busters become the Busted!
Why don't they flip it where the old gang become ghosts and the city of New York have to call in a new breed of Ghostbusters to get rid of them. More

Posted by IKEOBI at 23:23 on 13 February 2012 | Report This Post

Pulling it in the wrong direction
I really don't thing they should be doing this anymore. But undoubtley they will. The thing is that we DO want to see these old, fat guys chasing ghosts. Not anybody else. And if they can't get the original cast back together, okey, reboot it completely. Start over with som new guys the kids (that don't give a rats ass about who Dan Aykroyd is anyway) can relate to, I don't care. I can watch the original anytime I want. But don't cross the streams. Bring back all the originals and let them play More

Posted by larstrygve at 22:42 on 13 February 2012 | Report This Post

Pulling it in the wrong direction
I really don't thing they should be doing this anymore. But undoubtley they will. The thing is that we DO want to see these old, fat guys chasing ghosts. Not anybody else. And if they can't get the original cast back together, okey, reboot it completely. Start over with som new guys the kids (that don't give a rats ass about who Dan Aykroyd is anyway) can relate to, I don't care. I can watch the original anytime I want. But don't cross the streams. Bring back all the originals and let them play More

Posted by larstrygve at 22:42 on 13 February 2012 | Report This Post

WTF?
of course that is EXACTLY what we want to see!!, 3 old guys chasing ghosts, murray, ackroyd, etc. in their original roles!!! But of course that wont happen, they will 'reboot' it and have stiller, wilson and some other over rated 30 something and it will be toss. More

Posted by mclane1 at 19:50 on 13 February 2012 | Report This Post

WTF?
of course that is EXACTLY what we want to see!!, 3 old guys chasing ghosts, murray, ackroyd, etc. in their original roles!!! But of course that wont happen, they will 'reboot' it and have stiller, wilson and some other over rated 30 something and it will be toss. More

Posted by mclane1 at 19:49 on 13 February 2012 | Report This Post

"No-one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts" I think Bill Murray has just about summed up the general feeling in one sentence. Maybe they could be in the movie in an advisory role, but as for the lead, well, that is just cringeworthy. More

Posted by shitneck at 19:45 on 13 February 2012 | Report This Post

Yes please
I remember Dan Aykroyd saying, in a discussion of Ghostbusters 2, that the sequel allowed for exploration of previously unused ideas. A true sequel, Ghostbusters 2 revealed more of an established and beloved fictional universe, continuing the story in new directions. It would be ideal if all the central cast could return, but either way, it would be a joy to see further exploration of this story. Sorry for all these posts, the screen kept saying there'd been an error. More

Posted by Existing Bloke at 19:43 on 13 February 2012 | Report This Post

I remember Dan Aykroyd saying, in a discussion of Ghostbusters 2, that the sequel allowed for exploration of previously unused ideas. A true sequel, Ghostbusters 2 revealed more of an established and beloved fictional universe, continuing the story in new directions. It would be ideal if all the central cast could return, but either way, it would be a joy to see further exploration of this story. More

Posted by Existing Bloke at 19:43 on 13 February 2012 | Report This Post

Sorry for my repeated posts
I remember Dan Aykroyd saying, in a discussion of Ghostbusters 2, that the sequel allowed for exploration of previously unused ideas. A true sequel, Ghostbusters 2 revealed more of an established and beloved fictional universe, continuing the story in new directions. It would be ideal if all the central cast could return, but either way, it would be a joy to see further exploration of this story. Sorry for my repeated posts, the screen kept saying there'd been an error. More

Posted by Existing Bloke at 19:42 on 13 February 2012 | Report This Post

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