Aykroyd says Ghostbusters 3 IS happening (just without Bill Murray)

Good news: Ghostbusters 3 is finally happening, and should go into production within the next year. The bad news? Infamous holdout Bill Murray will, officially, not be involved. Folks, Dr. Peter Venkman has left the building.

It's been a long road for the oft-rumored Ghostbusters 3, with the proposed sequel going through numerous script drafts—but still never getting any closer to the screen.

Murray has said time and time again that he didn't want to do the movie until he was confident it could be a worthy sequel, but now it seems part three will be coming without him.

Fellow original star Dan Aykroyd told Metro the project is finally gaining real steam, and he's really digging the script that will see the proton packs passed to a new set of Ghostbusters:

"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."
As for Murray's non-involvement, Aykroyd said he'd love for the comic legend to have a role in the film. But he thinks it really can still work without him:
"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."
Ghostbusters without Murray is a tough sell, but Aykroyd seems pretty confident it can work. What would you prefer: A Murray-less sequel, or no movie at all?

(Via Metro)

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