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No Bill Murray For Ghostbusters 3?
Dan Aykroyd brings the bad news

02 August 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Metro

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No Bill Murray For Ghostbusters 3?

Though he’s spent the last few years hoping that old mucker Bill Murray would indeed deign to appear in Ghostbusters 3 provided the right script was found, it would appear that Dan Aykroyd has finally, er, given up the ghost on the idea.

Talking to Metro, the effusive writer-actor was asked directly about Murray’s choice and replied, “I can tell you he won't be involved. 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.”

The most recent development on the long-gestating project was writer Etan Cohen coming aboard to write a new draft of the script. While Aykroyd has praised him as “brilliant”, we’re still wondering whether Sony has truly come around to the idea of a Murray-free Ghostbusters. Still, with the “new generation” idea meaning they can probably find someone with box office appeal to shoulder the proton packs, there’s still a chance this one will leave limbo and actually get made. It’s just that as the months and years tick by, we increasingly wonder as to whether it should happen at all…


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If they get a new younger bunch to take on the mantle from the old bunch, this is who I think could work bviously the characters don't have to be exact copies of the original film characters, nor do you have to have a black character to replace 'Zeddmore'. Just redoing the characters exactly the same looks/personality wise would be pretty lame. But I have sorta divided them into what type of person they would be, but that's just how I see them in their roles. 1. Luke Wilson: ladies man/cha More

Posted by Phubbs at 22:09 on 26 April 2013 | Report This Post

BILL MURRAY IS A MUST
Im so glad when i scroll down- everybodys on the same level... Murray is a must!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I dont know why he thinks it wont have mass appeal... Maybe it wont??? but i know for sure it would be a cult HIT plus, Why not create a throwback?? Old men?? He sounds like hes in a bit of a pessimistic place (maybe hes always been there)...im 26 and hes one of my all time fav actors I would love to see a alternative type script, where the ghostbusters are washed up... maybe create s More

Posted by mk2k12 at 16:28 on 17 August 2012 | Report This Post

Oh dear!
Well hopefully Murray will change his mind at the last minute and join in. His character is the best out of the bunch and it just wouldn't be the same without him! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 09:42 on 13 August 2012 | Report This Post

Leave it in development hell forever
"It's time to make a third one".... Ummmm. No. No it's not. More

Posted by bnicholson50 at 19:32 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

Here's what to expect
Lets face it when a film states that they are handing it over to a new generation we can expect as big a colossul fail as Harrison 'Indie' Ford deciding its a good idea to work alongside Shia LeBeouf and destroying a franchise. New generation? I'm guessing Dan Akroyd starring in the beginning of the film as he talks to Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Kevin James about busting Ghosts. As the scene finishes so does the populations interest in the franchise as they then proceed to destroy all happy me More

Posted by AMcleod1982 at 13:27 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

Here's what to expect
Lets face it when a film states that they are handing it over to a new generation we can expect as big a colossul fail as Harrison 'Indie' Ford deciding its a good idea to work alongside Shia LeBeouf and destroying a franchise. New generation? I'm guessing Dan Akroyd starring in the beginning of the film as he talks to Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Kevin James about busting Ghosts. As the scene finishes so does the populations interest in the franchise as they then proceed to destroy all happy me More

Posted by AMcleod1982 at 12:47 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

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L: st3veebee L: Cyberleader Make all the new Ghostbusters women. Why? Well, why make a sequel if you've got no new ideas and you're just remaking the original. I adore the original in this case, so they better not squander it... I instantly hated this idea but upon giving it some thought I realised that it really could work. With a female crew it would avoid ultimately bad comparisons with the 80's film and give it a fresher feel. No idea who plays who but my cast would be: More

Posted by Dannybohy at 09:13 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

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L: Cyberleader Make all the new Ghostbusters women. Why? Well, why make a sequel if you've got no new ideas and you're just remaking the original. I adore the original in this case, so they better not squander it... sp; I instantly hated this idea but upon giving it some thought I realised that it really could work. With a female crew it would avoid ultimately bad comparisons with the 80's film and give it a fresher feel.   No idea who plays who but my cast would be:   More

Posted by st3veebee at 12:58 on 08 August 2012 | Report This Post

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Reboot this mutha! I dont want to see the old cast, I love the first movie, should of left it as that. As much as id like to see Adam Sandler in a Ghostbusters movie, im gonna say no because his last 10 movies sucked ass My cast: Ryan Reynolds -Venkman Jonah hill -Ray  (Kinda too young for rest of this cast, but just like him in the Role) jack Black?! Jason Biggs -Egon Donald Faison - Winston Elizabeth Banks - Dana More

Posted by Dannybohy at 11:02 on 08 August 2012 | Report This Post

Murray was the backbone of the previous films
Without Bill you have nothing. Roll on the two star review! More

Posted by ChicksHands at 15:50 on 07 August 2012 | Report This Post

In regards to the younger generation I'd like Joel McHale in the snarky Venkman role, Will Ferrell as the Aykroyd type bumbling nice guy, Ben Stiller as the uptight Ramis style science nerd, and then, given that poor old Ernie Hudson was pretty much the token black guy, have Community's Donald Glover as the fourth, maybe make a point of him being the token person of colour in the script. More

Posted by Craigmustdie at 10:29 on 06 August 2012 | Report This Post

Let me clarify.
Before anyone gets angry. It just seems that Bill is more content to do these arthouse type comedies and just isn't interested rehashing characters he's alread done. They shoud accept his decision and as Akroyd said hand it to a new generation and tell their story. More

Posted by AMart911 at 08:51 on 06 August 2012 | Report This Post

Is it really that big of a deal?
Maybe I'm wrong on this, but am I really the only one who doesn't mind. Let's be honest, Murray was hilarious, but he seems more focused now on doing something else. And to be honest, it seems like he's kind of lost love for these type of comedies. Maybe he just doesn't want to do another. More

Posted by AMart911 at 08:46 on 06 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: No Bill Murray For Ghostbusters 3?
Simple solution. Get Wes Anderson on as director and you've got Murray on board! In all seriousness though, a GB film without him will serverly lack in what made the originals so special. The others are great too but it's Venkman's razor sharp wit that made the script stand out. If you're going to introduce a new wave of Ghostbusters then I think they should keep in ming that they don't all have to be kids. This might be a bit of a fan-boy casting but Simon Pegg not only has the comic More

Posted by Alex DeLarge at 19:30 on 05 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: No Bill Murray For Ghostbusters 3?
L: mclane1 you are quite simply mad and strange :) L: Cyberleader Make all the new Ghostbusters women. Why? Well, why make a sequel if you've got no new ideas and you're just remaking the original. I adore the original in this case, so they better not squander it... /quote] That's actually not a bad idea. More

Posted by MonsterCat at 14:22 on 05 August 2012 | Report This Post

Wild Bill
Bill Murray has a long history of not telling people if he's going to star in their movies and then just showing up the first day of shooting. Like Lost in translation. I remember "extreme ghostbusters" which was hilarious and involved the next generation. (One of them was in a wheel chair) If you want to get the next generation involved like Jason Reitman direct, have McLovin as nerdy fan boy and don't try and replace the original cast. Find a new dimension. More

Posted by makeminemedia at 00:11 on 04 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Reboot instead.
Just give Adam Sandler the Venkman part. Sorted. More

Posted by Lucky Day at 21:41 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

Reboot instead.
Get Tomas Alfredson at the helm, Dan Weiss and David Benioff to write. Cast DeCaprio as Venkman, Adrien Brody as Egon and Jonah Hill as Stanz. Wally Fister shoots. Steven Scott designs and I'm the concept artist. Boom. More

Posted by maxberman at 19:52 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

Probably gonna be naff
Let's face it. Ghostbusters 2 wasn't exactly a great movie. What makes people think 3 is going to be any different. Another pointless sequel. Come up with something new!! More

Posted by jrewing1000 at 18:15 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Kinda maybe this Isn't a bad thing.
Let's look at the careers and choices of them all. I see Murray picking decent work with a good eye to what a good script is (Mainly). If he thought the script sucked then that's that. I'm not keen on the passing of the torch to younger Ghostbusters but let's face it it's gonna happen. Perhaps this is just a ploy to kick Bill up the arse a bit and say 'We're going with or without you' to make him maybe change his mind. Besides, I thought they all had to agree to do it? More

Posted by TheSpleen at 18:01 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

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you are quite simply mad and strange :) L: Cyberleader Make all the new Ghostbusters women. Why? Well, why make a sequel if you've got no new ideas and you're just remaking the original. I adore the original in this case, so they better not squander it... More

Posted by mclane1 at 17:59 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Oh dear God no....
no problem (but reynolds is actually very funny and would be great in the venkman role being sarky and dry), but please please PLEASE please dont let this be a BEN STILLER movie!!!!!!!!!! L: Paddy Kieran never.... NEVER...let Ryan Reynolds or Bradley Cooper near this film...funny comedians only or it will suck donkeyballs More

Posted by mclane1 at 17:57 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

Kinda maybe this Isn't a bad thing.
double post- sorry More

Posted by mytvisevil at 17:15 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

Kinda maybe this Isn't a bad thing.
I know they weren't amazing action stars in the original ones but if this helps reduce the chance of a 'let's round up the old gang for one more adventure' style plot then it can only be a good thing in my opinion. And there are so many good opportunities for casting young blood- hell let's just reunite the Superbad cast! More

Posted by mytvisevil at 17:05 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: FLASHMAN
L: Frank Comiskey The old guys should have been set up to rescue the next generation of ghostbusters, if-at-all...........does nobodyember that Ghostbusters 2 tanked,hough it was released a full five years after the first one come out in (19)84.............so, think about it..............it's nearly 30 years since this idea was actually funny. I predict Murray will do regardless of the script, if they offer him the Earth AND the chance to do a dream project of his chosing............. More

Posted by NCC1701A at 15:28 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

DON'T FUCKING MAKE IT!!
Murray is the heart and soul of Ghostbusters.....if they're gonna make onther one, do it on Murray's terms no matter what he demands....don't just fucking make another one for the sake of it........Ackroyd is an idiot saying "it's time". It clearly isn't if ur leaving out the the vital ingredient that made Ghostbusters incredible. The only way it can be done without Murray is when those of us who remember and still watch the old films are long gone, dust in the wind and then u have the permissi More

Posted by drico at 14:28 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

Make all the new Ghostbusters women. Why? Well, why make a sequel if you've got no new ideas and you're just remaking the original. I adore the original in this case, so they better not squander it... More

Posted by Cyberleader at 13:40 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Murray Being A Stuck In The Mud
L: burtbondy A surprising the best Hollywood buy apocalyptic and a genuine classic and some of this one of the best spills, spills, special effects mone of that that this no surprising the best the biggest film of the best Hollywood buy at theme of this no summer made. Add to this one of the time, it is was trills, spills, special effects mone of this truly at this oney could buy a genuine of 1984. A summer blockbuster blockbusters ever with humor, this theme time, truly apocalyptic fi More

Posted by sidownes at 13:34 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

Murray Being A Stuck In The Mud
A surprising the best Hollywood buy apocalyptic and a genuine classic and some of this one of the best spills, spills, special effects mone of that that this no surprising the best the biggest film of the best Hollywood buy at theme of this no summer made. Add to this one of the time, it is was trills, spills, special effects mone of this truly at this oney could buy a genuine of 1984. A summer blockbuster blockbusters ever with humor, this theme time, truly apocalyptic finale, it is one of the More

Posted by burtbondy at 12:30 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

All this effort ...
... could have produced several NEW projects, could it not? How much times is being wasted on a sequel that nobody asked for? More

Posted by Nicky C at 11:35 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

Oh dear God no....
"please not ben stiller!!! not ben stiller, vince vaughan etc. please- lets have some new talent or go the otherway and get some a-list, reynolds, cooper??" never.... NEVER...let Ryan Reynolds or Bradley Cooper near this film...funny comedians only or it will suck donkeyballs More

Posted by Paddy Kieran at 11:24 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

FLASHMAN
The old guys should have been set up to rescue the next generation of ghostbusters, if-at-all..................does nobody remember that Ghostbusters 2 tanked, even though it was released a full five years after the first one come out in (19)84.............so, think about it..............it's nearly 30 years since this idea was actually funny. I predict Murray will do regardless of the script, if they offer him the Earth AND the chance to do a dream project of his chosing....................i More

Posted by Frank Comiskey at 11:00 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

It's not the end of the world
As a massive fan of Ghostbusters I would have loved to see him in it but it isn't the end of the world. The main characters are all old now so it would never have been the same. There is plenty of fresh meat out there that can take over the proton packs. Jonah Hill would make a great Ghostbuster. They need to bring this series into the 21st century, I'd like to see the original characters training up a group of young, funny apprentices so that they can retire or take a back seat to the actio More

Posted by SideEye at 10:43 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

No Murray, No point!.
No disrespect to the other actors but Ghost Busters without Bill is just not right and will never work, my prediction- It's going to be shit, mark my words More

Posted by Moronifighter at 09:23 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

Ghost Busters RIP...
With Bill Murray staying well clear it is finally time to leave well alone - like Waynes World Bill and Ted etc... these films reflect a certain point / generation in popular film culture and should be left alone to occupy their rightful place in our hearts and minds and not to have their greatness diluted and potentially ruined by poor poor remakes... now Debbie Does Dallas that's a different matter all together... More

Posted by logan 5 at 09:01 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

Dan Aykroyd thought it was time to make Blues Brothers 2000. More

Posted by dunkah at 07:37 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

please not ben stiller!!!
not ben stiller, vince vaughan etc. please- lets have some new talent or go the otherway and get some a-list, reynolds, cooper?? More

Posted by mclane1 at 06:14 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: No Bill Murray For Ghostbusters 3?
I've read many articles about this movie and several Dan Akroyd interviews on the subject. (So, I'm an expert and a know it all and now you can hate me LOL) First, before people get all huffy and puffy at Bill Murray HE HAS read those scripts and talked extensively with Dan -- you haven't... So, if Bill thinks this project is crap then it probably is crap. There are tons of comedic possibilities for this project and turning these guys into disabled old fogies is not... funny. Anyways, the More

Posted by JoseJones at 04:26 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

Shame
Shame Murray won't be there - would have been brilliant to have him struggling to run around, sighing and disinterestedly mumbling his lines, occasionally shooting despondent 'I don't want to be here' looks into the camera ala Tim from 'The Office'... More

Posted by tommypocket at 01:57 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post


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