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Why Bill Murray Won’t Do Ghostbusters 3, Latest Updates

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Why Bill Murray Wont Do Ghostbusters 3, Latest UpdatesOver the last year we have seen non stop updates, rumors and online back and forth on whether or not Bill Murray will reprise his role in Ghost Busters 3. The last update and the few updates before that have all been pretty clear that Bill Murray will NOT come back. The big question many might have is why?

Ivan Reitman recently was at the Bell Lightbox and shared some insights on why he thinks Bill wont return and candidly its pretty much spot on. Ivan said in the interview, via Slashfilm;

Bill Murray has never actually read anything. He may have read ten pages at some point, but he’s never read a script. But he’s never been interested, either. That part is true. It wasn’t Ghostbusters in particular, it’s just, he’s been carrying on his life in a different way, in terms of the kind of parts that he’s wanted to pursue.

I mean, he’s a really brilliant actor, comedian, personality. I’ve worked with him now five times, and I would love to work with him again. I’d hope that he could be in this film. He could be, he might not be, I really don’t know.

Ivan really is spot on in his comments. Bill Murray unlike the rest of the cast has really built a career and a reputation for greatness. Ghostbusters 3 would not exactly raise his profile. That said it would be fantastic for old school fans like myself to see the old gang back together again.

Dan Akroyd has long been lobbying to get Bill Murray on board with very little success  Recently, 3news.co.nz caught up with Dan Aykroyd in regards to the long talked about Ghostbusters sequel.

Well, Billy is welcome to come in. He hasn’t committed, of course we have a hole for him there and a portal for him to walk through if he wants to. We are very close now to getting it together to start casting and hiring people.

And without Bill involved, Aykroyd continues with;

You don’t need anyone from the first one. You don’t, it’s so strong without it. You get a new generation in there, new plot, use some of the particle physics, get a new Ecto, you don’t need to go back to the past.

Dan is quite right in his statements. Ghostbusters 3 would probably be a better movie if the principal characters are not the same ones from the original films and the plans it seems are to do just that, introduce a whole slew of new character. Etan Cohen is currently rewriting the script and the plot which Dan Akyroyd revealed on Larry King Now ( via  STYD ) is as follows;

It’s based on new research that’s being done in particle physics by the young men and women at Columbia University,” he tells King. “…Basically, there’s research being done that I can say that the world or the dimension that we live in, our four planes of existence, length, height, width and time, become threatened by some of the research that’s being done. Ghostbusters — new Ghostbusters — have to come and solve the problem.

What are your thoughts on Ghostbusters 3? Are you interested? Would you like to see a new cast or the age old champions of the original returning to fight ghosts in their retirement age?

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      1. Dean November 3, 2013 at 4:39 pm

        Both say with their sons or daughers

      2. Frank Tesch November 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm

        Then do it without him

      3. Nancy Bradford November 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm

        Somethings are better left undone. This is one of them.

      4. Sam Macy November 3, 2013 at 5:04 pm

        Murray won’t do it because Harold Ramis knows what a moody prick Bill is in real life, and confronted him about beating his wife. The two haven’t spoken since, hence why he wants no part of it.

      5. Nicholas James Reardon November 3, 2013 at 5:16 pm

        You should probably not say it as fact then.

      6. Johnny Miller November 3, 2013 at 5:20 pm

        No Bill Murray, no ‘Ghostbusters’. Simple as that.

      7. Edward Krietemeyer November 3, 2013 at 5:39 pm

        Time to move on anyway.

      8. Bruce Bleeve November 3, 2013 at 5:40 pm

        Im over it! 4 years too late no one cares move on.

      9. Don J Krouskop November 3, 2013 at 6:47 pm

        Honestly, who gives a shit any more? Murray is and always has been completely full of himself, and Dan Ackroyd went off the deep end years ago. As enjoyable as GHOSTBUSTERS was, the idea that decades after the merely passable Part 2 there are still legions of nostalgia-obsessed people chomping at the bit for a third installment is utterly absurd on the face of it. Moreover, it’s begun to take on a publicity stunt feel, as though all parties involved (especially Murray) are using the mere possibility, no matter how remote, of a GHOSTBUSTERS 3 to keep themselves relevant and in the news.

      10. Don J Krouskop November 3, 2013 at 6:47 pm

        Honestly, who gives a shit any more? Murray is and always has been completely full of himself, and Dan Ackroyd went off the deep end years ago. As enjoyable as GHOSTBUSTERS was, the idea that decades after the merely passable Part 2 there are still legions of nostalgia-obsessed people chomping at the bit for a third installment is utterly absurd on the face of it. Moreover, it’s begun to take on a publicity stunt feel, as though all parties involved (especially Murray) are using the mere possibility, no matter how remote, of a GHOSTBUSTERS 3 to keep themselves relevant and in the news.

      11. Don J Krouskop November 3, 2013 at 6:47 pm

        Honestly, who gives a shit any more? Murray is and always has been completely full of himself, and Dan Ackroyd went off the deep end years ago. As enjoyable as GHOSTBUSTERS was, the idea that decades after the merely passable Part 2 there are still legions of nostalgia-obsessed people chomping at the bit for a third installment is utterly absurd on the face of it. Moreover, it’s begun to take on a publicity stunt feel, as though all parties involved (especially Murray) are using the mere possibility, no matter how remote, of a GHOSTBUSTERS 3 to keep themselves relevant and in the news.

      12. cory holt November 3, 2013 at 7:45 pm

        I think it would be a worth while story to have bill murry’s character killed off since he wouldn’t join, have the old crew come back and realize they’re too old for this shit an hand the torch off to a new generation. Helping them on the way to a final blow out in the originals death or retirement. Boom story salvaged.

      13. Luca Modica November 3, 2013 at 10:44 pm

        Because Bill Murray is not an idiot.

      14. Matthew November 3, 2013 at 11:23 pm

        For me the whole excitement of seeing a third Ghostbusters film would be being reintroduced and reacquainted with the original characters in a story which concentrates on them alone, not a new group of people.

        The Ghostbusters are all approaching retirement with business being pretty slow for many years. They’re days away from selling their business but the last few days of employment are going to be a lot busier than they ever expected.

        Just make sure it has a good balance between genuine scares and fun laughs which I feel the second film failed to capture.

      15. Andrew Steven Garner November 4, 2013 at 1:05 am

        I’m so sick of hearing about GB3!! either do it or don’t I don’t care!!

      16. Sean O'Donnell November 4, 2013 at 4:55 am

        Enough with the Ghostbusters updates already. With or without Bill Murray it will suck. And their are few films further from horror then Ghostbusters. Who cares?

      17. Patrick November 5, 2013 at 11:35 pm

        Screw Bill Murray because it will be his loss when Ghostbusters 3 makes the Box Office Hit at the Theaters next year in 2014. Dan said that the movie Will Happen with or without Bill Murray. I’ll see Ghostbusters 3 with Dan,Harold and Ernie Training a new team in Ghostbusters 3. Dan Confirmed that there close to cast a younger team to help them out. I’m hoping that Rick and Annie will be in GB3 along with my #1 Favorite Actress Sigourney Weaver. I Can’t Wait to watch Ghostbusters 3 at the Theater next year in 2014!!!:)

      18. bearmon2010 November 7, 2013 at 9:09 pm

        Let him go.. He is not funny and if I am in his shoes then i will continue. He is so closed mind. GO FOR IT WITHOUT HIM.

      19. Ian Fraser November 22, 2013 at 8:10 am

        I don’t know why everybody says “move on” all the time, when in fact, that is the exact opposite that Hollywood is doing right now. Remakes of old moves are creeping their way out the wood works everyday. Sometimes, actors must put aside their “delicate genius” and just do what their fans want. Somebody said that Bill turned the movie down because he was pursuing roles in a different direction, which direction would that be, broke and forgotten? These original cast members are getting up there in age now anyways, it’s not as if by doing this role/movie it would effect the outcome of future opportunities for the actors in the future. Meaning, Bill thinks it will hurt his career by doing this movie, and/or his relationship with Harold Ramis is preventing the collaboration. They have already hinted on “new recruits” in the video game, which I cannot understand why Bill did the voice over for the game, but refuses the film. He must be friends with Chris Tucker, because both are refusing their roles right now.

      20. Bstates82 November 25, 2013 at 10:41 am

        Bill has to do it . Get the old group back together for one final epic movie. 1 and 2 were both awesome! Why not make it one he’ll of a trilogy !!!

      21. nico February 22, 2014 at 8:09 am

        I saw both films in the theater as a kid, even as a kid something seemed off about the second one. I personally would only want to see Gb3 if the original actors are the focal point and they are written with some dignity and respect. I personally don’t want to see old, fat Egon and half blind Stan and a bunch of 20 something a listers who weren’t even alive when the original films came out. maybe Bill is truly doing the right thing. rerelease the first film and remaster it, Id pay to see that in a theater.