Good news! After months of back-and-forth and very public “will he or won’t he” discussions, Dan Aykroyd now claims, on the record, that Bill Murray will not be involved with an ill-advised Ghostbusters sequel. Bad news! Aykroyd’s going ahead with the sequel anyway.
The comedian spoke with the UK magazine Metro, and inevitably was asked about the state of the ever-in-flux Ghostbusters 3. Aykroyd said they have a “brilliant” new screenwriter, who had cracked the code on the sequel’s story. They will be passing the ghost-busting baton to a younger generation, and he hopes to “be in production in the next year.”
But when it comes to Murray’s involvement, Aykroyd says it isn’t going to happen, adding:
Without Murray? I don’t know about the rest of you, but if you can’t get all of the original Ghostbusters together for a sequel, then it’s time to put that sequel back on the shelf … permanently. The general consensus seemed to suggest that no one wanted a third Ghostbusters with senior-citizen busters. Take Murray out of the mix, and the series loses its strongest leg. To make a contemporary Olympic reference, this is like taking Michael Phelps off the relay team and still hoping the U.S. swim team has a chance to compete. Maybe a Murray-less Ghostbusters 3 finds a way to entertain. But this news should be the final nail in the coffin, not a reason to try and be excited.
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