Ghostbusters 3 in the Works, Without Bill Murray?

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Who you gonna call? Not Bill Murray. Ghostbusters 3 is being actively pursued by writer / star Dan Aykroyd, but his co-star does not want any part of it apparently.

The Ghostbusters retired ages ago, after a 1984 hit film, 1989 sequel, and two animated TV shows. But talk of another film has been rekindled of late.

In a webcast with Empire magazine, Dan Aykroyd implied he and co-star Rick Moranis were actively working to bring Ghostbusters 3 to theaters.

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"If we can get the script to 'Ghostbusters 3' right, then it would definitely have Moranis as a major component," said Aykroyd of the potential project.

"None of us would want to do the movie without having him as a participant.”

He also responded to questions that another star, Bill Murray, wasn’t into the idea, denying reports that Murray actually shredded a potential script.

Murray also allegedly said “No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts.” Replied Dan, “Bill Murray is not capable of such behavior."

"This is simply something that would not be in his nature. It's not true. We have a deep, private personal relationship that transcends business."

"We communicate frequently and his position on the involvement in Ghostbusters 3 has been made clear and I completely respect that.”

So no script shredding but no interest either. Tough to say what a Ghostbusters movie would be like without Murray. What do you think?

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Honestly, there are always going to be people who are going to bash on movies coming in, especially sequals. I have read many articles and there are various fans who think they shouldn't do another movie. But, I think... why not? Fans of "Ghostbusters (1 &/or 2)" are going to respect the makers of the movie and the actors wishes of doing or not doing the film. And if they don't, so be it. I think it will be a blockbuster hit and will make a lot of money. So, just go for it! What harm? I love the feeling of going to the movies and waiting an hour... anticipating... and being overwhelmed with excitment and being in the theatre with fellow fans. I think if they decide to make this film, it will be good and if it isn't, I will respect it still because "Ghostbusters" is legendary... A classic! (Plus if the ol' gang will be on board especially Rick Moranis... I am on board!)

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GhostLovin! lol the guy from Superbad

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Oops, meant 28 & 23 years.

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(Continued....) Given the age of the original cast and the time since the first two movies (26 & 23 years now respectively), the timing is perfect to introduce twenty-something children (such as that ugly baby Oscar) into the mix, and there's no reason other cast members couldn't have children of their own since then. The characters portrayed by Annie Potts and Rick Moranis started to develop a personal relationship in the second film. It would be pretty funny for the two of them to have a now grown up child, and there are a couple people I can think of off hand that would fit that role perfectly. Anyway, just my 2 cents on the matter...

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(continued...) As far as my opinion on a Ghostbusters sequel. As a big fan of the original which I saw at the age of 16, I wouldn't mind seeing them do a new movie, but the script REALLY has to be right. There's no way the original cast can successfully carry a sequel themselves at their age and with their bodies, but people that grew up with this franchise will want to see as many of the original cast in it as possible, even if most of them are cameos. The only real option is to pass the torch to a younger generation both in the movie and with the audience. There's a fair amount of suitable twenty-something comedic talent out there today, and I'm quite sure any one of them would jump at the chance to be involved with a reboot of the franchise (they'd be foolish not to at least take the chance).

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Ghostbusters the movie franchise WILL live on, it's an absolute certainty. Special effects technologies and the prior success of the franchise just demand that it continues. That's not my opinion, it's just a fact. Whether a movie is made in the next year or two incorporating much of the original cast, and a torch is passed to a younger generation, or whether it's made several years down the road with an entirely new cast as a complete reboot, I assure you it WILL happen. I said the same thing of Gremlins a couple years ago, and I'm just as sure about a Gremlins sequel/reboot as I am about Ghostbusters. When Hollywood has something with as much potential as it does with those two franchises, and an entirely new generation to introduce them to, nothing is going to stop them from doing it, it's only a matter of when.

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I really think they need a third film and Bill Murray has to be part of it, he was the comic glue that kept the team together. It would be great to see actor Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland) play the role of a grown up Oscar, or Emma Stone play the roll of the love child between Louis Tully and Janine Melnitz, who doesnt understand why she has such an interest in the paranormal or why the paranormal has such an interest in her. It would also be interesting to see if script could somehow throw in a crack joke with Jason Hawes an Grant Wilson from SY FYs Ghost Hunters.

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Bill Murray is apparently the only cast member with any brains. GB2 was a failed effort and painful to watch (for anyone with any capacity to objectively evaluate movies). GB1 was priceless and timeless classic, like Raiders of the Lost Ark. But as we all have observed in Indiana Jones Crystal Skull and Godfather 3, there is no question that GB3 will be horrible. Robert Duvall avoided GF3 and I hope Murray sticks to his senses and doesn't just do it for the money, like everyone else in Hollywood. Two sayings that peoples should remember- "Just because you CAN do something, doesn't mean you SHOULD"...and "You can't go home again". Leave it alone and 'create' instead of copy. This is why the last decade has sucked so bad and why the 80s and 90s were so good.

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I say go for it! I am a huge fan of Bill, but to be honest, I think it could be better without him. Bring in the new talent...if Bill doesn't want a piece of it, so be it. Ghostbusters must live on. Note to Bill: My kids are huge fans, so you are blessed by yet another generation of fans. You may consider the potential missed opportunity.

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Dear Bill Murray,
Please get on board the Ghostbusters3 project. Fact is, they're going to do it with or without you, and it will really suck without you. thanks.
A fan