Ghostbusters writer-actor Dan Aykroyd just took part in a web chat hosted by Empire magazine, in which he stated that Bill Murray's role in the hit (if long dormant) film franchise could be recast if Ghostbusters 3 moves forward. Of course whether or not anyone wants Ghostbusters 3 to move forward without the Peter Venkman we all know and love is an entirely different story. More after the jump.
According to Empire, "Aykroyd hinted that Bill Murray may not return [in Ghostbusters 3] as Peter Venkman, and that the character could be played by a different actor, a la Jack Ryan."
As for latest on the script: "The script must be perfect. We cannot release a film that is any less than that. We have more work to do."
"Vague, granted, but there you go. As for the internet rumour that Murray recently shredded a Ghostbusters 3 script and sent it back with a note that said, 'No-one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts', Aykroyd denied it with vigour."
"'Bill Murray is not capable of such behaviour. This is simply something that would not be in his nature. 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 respect that. But Bill has too much positive estimation of my writing skills to shred the work.'
When asked whether Rick Moranis could return, Aykrod remarked, "If we can get the script to Ghostbusters 3 right, then it would definitely have Moranis as a major component. None of us would want to do the movie without having him as a participant."
Um, but you would want to do the movie without Bill Murray as a participant? Wha?!