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Fans of Ghostbusters, who have waited for a third installment of the series for more than 20 years, received good news and bad news recently when Dan Aykroyd said production would begin next year but Bill Murray would not be involved.
Aykroyd and Harold Ramis co-wrote the script for the first two films, released in 1984 and 1989, and alongside Murray and Ernie Hudson, starred as the members of the ghost-fighting team.
Ghostbusters 3 has a long history, dating back to the 1990s when Aykroyd wrote a script for the film. The script endured several rewrites and the project has been surrounded with news and rumors that left many doubting the movie would ever happen.
In an interview with Metro, Aykroyd reiterated past comments that the reason for the delay was that the filmmakers wanted to ensure they created the best movie possible. He said a new writer had been hired and he was confident production would begin next year.
When asked if Bill Murray would be involved, he responded “No, I can tell you he won't be involved.”
Aykroyd added, “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.”
Murray was opposed to the project ever since it was first announced, according to Complex.