Sure, this news could've been made "official" over a year ago, or when we first started hearing negative rumblings from Bill Murray regarding Ghostbusters 3. But his good buddy Dan Aykroyd hung in there, and even when it seemed like Murray was out and the film wasn't going to happen, Aykroyd would show up with a quote somewhere that made it sound like the film still had a fighting chance, with Murray's participation ... if they could just get him to read the script. Well now that journey seems to be over, with Aykroyd finally conceding in an interview with the Telegraph, admitting that, no, Murray will definitely not be involved in Ghostbusters 3.
“I honestly don’t know. At this point it’s in suspended animation. The studio, the director Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis 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 turn up and have a laugh. He’s into this life and living it. I know we’d have a lot of fun [but] I can’t be mad at him. He’s a friend first, a colleague second. We have a deep personal relationship that transcends business and he doesn’t want to know.”
Aykroyd goes on to say that the studio is still interested in making it, and they've thought about different ways to work in Murray's character -- from recasting to having him appear in spirit form -- but when you read this interview, it just seems like Aykroyd has very little fight left in him. Yesterday we reported on quotes from him stating he's all but retiring from acting, and there's a lot more of that in this piece, which seems to come from the same source, Seven magazine.
“I’ve read some terrific scripts, but opportunities that have quality present themselves less and less. Everyone who wants to work goes on auditions and makes impassioned pleas. And that was my technique. I got Driving Miss Daisy that way [for which he was nominated for an Oscar]. But it doesn’t interest me to pursue like that any more.”
At this point, do we really want a Ghostbusters 3? Feels like these old ghosts just want to be left alone. What do you think?