Dan Aykroyd has confirmed that Bill Murray isn’t interested in making ‘Ghostbusters 3,’ and the film is now in “suspended animation” as a result, Slash Film is reporting. Aykroyd has been trying to get the second sequel to the hit 1984 supernatural comedy off the ground for several years, even writing one version of the film. ‘Year One’ screenwriters Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky also wrote a script that Ivan Reitman was ready to direct.
But Aykroyd doesn’t want to make ‘Ghostbusters 3′ without the original crew, leading the film to be put on hold. While talking to The Telegraph, he said “The studio, the director (Ivan) Reitman and Harold Ramis (who played Egon Spengler in, and also co-wrote with Aykroyd, the original ‘Ghostbusters’) 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 urn up…He’s into this life and living it.”
Aykroyd adds that he can’t be mad at Murray for not wanting to reprise his role of Peter Venkman, as they’re friends. Aykroyd added that recasting Peter isn’t likely, as “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.”
Written by: Karen Benardello