Dan Aykroyd Says ‘Ghostbusters 3’ Has Lost Bill Murray Again

The sequel will revolve around the remaining Ghostbusters passing the torch to a new crop of youngsters.

Bill Murray will definitely not star in Ghostbusters 3
Bill Murray will definitely not star in Ghostbusters 3
The lengthy saga of Bill Murray's up and down involvement with Ghostbusters 3 has, for now, come to an end. Dan Aykroyd confirmed in a recent interview that the comedic actor has bowed out once and for all. Here's what he had to say, when asked if Bill Murray will be a part of the sequel.

"No, 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."

We reported in December that Bill Murray reportedly hated the script by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg (Year One, Bad Teacher). Then, in February, it was confirmed that the actor would not be involved... until Bill Murray revealed in April that, "It's a possibility" that he returns. Dan Aykroyd also confirmed that the sequel will feature a young crop of Ghostbusters.

"Yes, we've got a brilliant new writer on it and we'll be passing the torch on to a new generation. We're working on it to make it just right to satisfy our fans. I'm confident we'll be in production in the next year. Now we've got the studio on side. We've tried a few concepts which weren't right but now we've got a good structure and will make it happen."

We reported last month that Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) is writing the screenplay, although it isn't known if Ivan Reitman will be back to direct.

Ghostbusters comes to theaters July 22nd, 2016 and stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon. The film is directed by Paul Feig.

Sources: Metro

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  1. CBF

    Bill's an ass. They waited for him long enough. He just kept pulling their chain around on will-he, won't-he rumors. Time to move on with a big F-U to Bill Murray.

    3 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  2. moviegeek

    He looks so old!!

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  3. Kashmanthillet

    They should drop this sh*t already, they probably should come and say its a damn reboot already. Its pointless and u not going to make this movie without Bill Murray, plus this is one of the best franchise he has ever done 4 his career. 2 b honest I want 2 c this 3rd Ghostbusters film happen, but they just fooling around with just some ol' bullsh*t stuff. Now I said reboot maybe its because Columbia Pictures is rebooting their movies, but we all know its not a reboot its a sequel. Now if their going to do this without Bill Murray, just say that Peter Venkman died and someone or their children would continue their legacy. Maybe thats worth interesting anyway.

    3 years agoby @kashmanthilletFlag


    I agree with killing the project... without the cast, it will not be accepted...

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  5. Fry_3000

    Sad to hear bill pulling out, but show must go on. Might have to do a back to the future part 2 gimmick and kill him off?

    3 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  6. Vanboy

    Oregon, I was just going to comment the same thing. Reboot and have cameos from the original cast playing other characters, with Ramis producing. This can't be stalled forever because Murray is kicking tires.

    3 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  7. Superman81

    I think its best they move on like he said. If Bill truly cared about the fans he would not hesitate to come back. he seems like he is only out for himself and thats a real shame.

    3 years agoby @superman81Flag

  8. Rudy

    I don't care. This is gonna turn out like how Duke Nukem turned out, taking more than a decade to make and then when it finally comes out it's mediocre at best. Just stop making Ghostbusters movies, why not a tv show?

    3 years agoby @rudyFlag

  9. Soomdog

    i predict the old dark knight rises lie. no talia no robin. no murray. how he stated before that he might want his character killed off in the beginning. the writers can mention how hes dead in the beginning and make nothing of it and at the end make a twist that hes the ghost causing all the trouble or if anything a cameo at the end. if they're passing the torch then the screen time of the old cast doesnt have to be that long either. I just hope the writers try to make this a sci fi film with comedy in it then a year one/bad teacher kind of comedy where 5-10 minutes are based on riding off on one joke that goes off topic of the main story. with all the production delays its easy to see the script being out of its time on comedy. the office was hilarious a couple of years back, now its just horrible. if the writers use comedy that was good a couple of years ago....its played out by now

    3 years agoby @SoomdogFlag

  10. Moviedude21

    Since he hasn't had a hit film in years, he should have put the effort in making this a good film to reboot his career. Oh well....

    3 years agoby @moviedude21Flag

  11. Oregon

    Lame. Just reboot the thing instead of tarnishing a great movie and an okay sequel.

    3 years agoby @oregonFlag

  12. G Irish

    It's sad to see him given up, maybe the script was too bad for him, who knows.. I'm two minds about this movie on one hand it has the potential to be great and the other well.... I'll be honest at this stage I don't really care if he's in this one or not my favourite was always Egon :D

    3 years agoby @girishmanFlag

  13. CUPID


    3 years agoby @cupidFlag

  14. ejk1

    I'm at a loss for caring about this project.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  15. Mka47

    @phatalphd I like where your heads at. I say lose david cross and kevin hart and add bill hader and damon waynes jr.

    3 years agoby @mka47Flag

  16. Nicholaus XX

    @instead8909 -- He's being critical, and doesn't want to star in a movie that should've been made a long time ago, and one that will suck, at that(he read the script, and he hated it; it must've been trash, especially given the writers past work). Yeah, what an arrogant man..

    @Dark-White-Knight -- It's more like the first example.

    @skywise -- Nope. ;(

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  17. Mka47

    so looking at the cast. Is the new ghostbuter team that is getting the torch passed to them going to be all girls? because that is rather lame

    3 years agoby @mka47Flag

  18. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @Dark-White-Knight Bond is different. He can be played by anyone

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  19. WongFu

    Bill thinks he better than everyone, when he's not. He really needs to come back down to earth.

    3 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  20. Dark-White-Knight

    No ghostbusters with bill Murray....it's like saying no Harry potter with Daniel Radcliffe or no James bond with Daniel Craig

    3 years agoby @Dark-White-KnightFlag

  21. skywise

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx didnt mean to bring ya down...

    hmmmm well the Hobbit is coming!

    any better?

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  22. skywise

    @bawnian-dexeus You know your right, tha is such a good point. I never even thought about that.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  23. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @skywise Well, my dad was the one complaining about him and his age. I was more surprised about the time setting. I never once bothered to ask he time period and then when it read 1957, it was odd because he aged way too much since WW 2

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  24. skywise

    @bawnian-dexeus I enjoyed the movie as well but what I mean is, it was...weird to see him so old. It kind of made me sad (and made me feel old!!!).

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  25. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Just shut it down

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  26. Nicholaus XX

    @instead8909 -- How so?

    @skywise -- You had to remind me....

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  27. Joshua Hollaway

    I think Billy is just trying to be relevant again..Who the hell cares about this movie?

    3 years agoby @Joshua-HollawayFlag

  28. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @skywise Crystal Skull was good. But that's just me

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  29. skywise

    This is one story I am so tired of hearing. I think its time to let it go. Anyway, I dont want to see 60 year old GB's unless they are training new members which could work if done right. i dont even want to say the word reboot but honestly, there is a beter chance of that happening than getting Bill on board with this. His taste in movies has changed so much over the years. I just dont see it happening.

    Sorry to be negative but look, we saw what happend to Indiana Jones when he came back and that was just sad. I dont want the same thing to happen to MY ghost busters!

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  30. WongFu

    Bill is more than a prick, he's a jerk.

    Liked his films once, Ground Hog Day was his last good one.

    3 years agoby @instead8909Flag

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