This endless “will Bill Murray be in Ghostbusters 3” tug-of-war was bound to end sooner or later. Just be glad that it is ending sooner and not later, because today may be the day that we hear the last of this kind of news.
Dan Aykroyd has confirmed that Billy Murray will not reprise his role as Peter Venkman in the third Ghostbusters film.
Murray has been teetering back and forth on reprising his role as Venkman, but he’s always leaned towards not coming back. Let’s just hope that this will be the last we hear of this.
Aykroyd also confirmed that there is a new writer on board to pen the script for Ghostbusters 3. The film will reportedly follow the older Ghostbusters handing off the torch to a new generation of Ghostbusters.
Here’s the exact quote:
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.
Men in Black 3 scribe Etan Cohen is the “brilliant new writer” that Aykroyd is talking about, and he will be polishing a script that Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky have drafted. Whether or not production will begin next year remains to be seen.
The news was confirmed in an interview between Aykroyd and Metro.
So will you watch knowing that Murray will not be a part of Ghostbusters 3?