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Dan Aykroyd: Bill Murray is still not part of 'Ghostbusters' sequel


Actor Dan Aykroyd has added more mystery about the planned "Ghostbusters 3" movie by insisting former cast mate Bill Murray will not be part of the project.

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Earlier this week, the two actors' co-star Harold Ramis was quoted as saying Murray was back onboard for the much-anticipated sequel -- but it has emerged that the comment was a hoax. Now Aykroyd insists the movie will be going ahead without the man who portrayed Dr. Peter Venkman in the past two "Ghostbusters" films.

Aykroyd tells Esquire magazine shooting will begin at the end of 2013. He says, "Had Billy chosen to do the Eisenberg/Stupnitsky (screenwriters) script of two years ago, it would be out this summer, and it would be a massive hit. If Billy had said yes, it would have satisfied his performance and what he wanted in the movie, it would have satisfied his performing skill and how he wanted to be depicted in the movie, it would have satisfied the studio, the writers who wrote it, everybody.

"Then when he said, 'Absolutely not, I'm not in this,' we had to go and really rethink things. He abrogated his say in the project, abrogated his rights to have any say in it, by refusing the third offer from the picture company, which his lawyer put before him, and Billy said, 'No, I can't respond.' Now we have to move on." But Aykroyd insists that doesn't mean Murray won't be welcomed back if he ever chooses to reprise his Venkman character: "We'll always leave a hole for him. He's always there. He can always come back at any time and be rebuilt into it, as far as I'm concerned."

Dec 7, 2012 8:55AM
Love Ghostbusters, but it has to have EVERYONE in it otherwise I won't be watching it.
Dec 7, 2012 9:09AM
Dec 7, 2012 9:07AM
they are so old now are they going to be the ghost's??
Dec 7, 2012 9:00AM
It will be very sad if Bill Murry is not in a GB3.  Come on Bill, get on board and have a blast with it.  Also, it will be extremely frustrating if they throw this thing together like the much anticipated Indian Jones 4 was thrown together; it was so verrrrry bad.
Dec 7, 2012 9:32AM
come on Bill, we need you in this movie.
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