Aykroyd goes Ghostbusters III without Murray
I did say that whatever Bill Murray said or did Dan Aykroyd would continue to make Ghostbusters III, even when they seemed to accept a truce and an acceptance about everything that had happened to date for the attempted production and the project seemed to stutter to a stop.
So it shouldn't be a surprise that Aykroyd is continuing forward with Ghostbusters III and without Bill Murray. The script is being rewritten now and the idea of the handover is continuing.
It seemed as though Ghostbusters III was at an impasse. Bill Murray was saying the script wasn't right and he wasn't doing it, although he was always willing to look at new scripts, meanwhile Dan Aykroyd was saying that he really appreciates Murray and that he's been a great guy through it all, but it seemed he just wasn't going to get the star back to the series.
"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."
So he's confident with the production set-up now and with Etan Cohen working on a new script it looks like they're going to push forward with this. Metro asked him directly about the "Murray issue", will Bill Murray be in the film or not, and it's a definitive answer.
"No, I can tell you he won't be involved...It's sad but we're passing it on to a new generation. Ghostbusters III 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."
Oh dear. Well it's all very amicable, but without Bill Murray the third one isn't going to feel the same, after all if you think about Ghostbusters you know which characters spring to mind and so he's going to leave a huge gap.
Mind you it doesn't matter does it? They're just going to pass the Ghostbusters onto a younger team to deliver a new franchise, one filled with drug references, sex and bodily function jokes, after all it's a standard American comedy now isn't it?
Seriously, has Aykroyd got it right? Will Ghostbusters III work without Bill Murray? Will they start the film with his funeral perhaps being the main driver to hand over the company to the younger team?
I know what my opinion is. Goodbye Murray, goodbye Ghostbusters.