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Will There Be a 'Ghostbusters 3' Without Bill Murray?

The rumor mill has been churning for years and years over a possible third Ghostbusters movie. Dan Aykroyd, writer and star of the first two, has been trying to get the threequel going since 1999, and despite studio interest, there has been one hold-out: Bill Murray. In a recent interview, Aykroyd voices his frustrations with the project, which seems to be in "suspended animation."

"The studio, director Ivan Reitman, and co-writer/star Harold Ramis feel there must be a way to do it, but Bill Murray will not do the movie. He doesn't want to be involved," Aykroyd said. "He's got six kids, houses all over America. He golfs in these tournaments where they pay him to turn up and have a laugh. He's into this life and living it. I know we'd have a lot of fun [but] I can't be mad at him. He's a friend first, a colleague second. We have a deep personal relationship that transcends business and he doesn't want to know." 

Ghostbusters 3 would have our original busters passing on the proton packs to a new generation of Ghostbusters. Aykroyd has toyed with the idea of recasting Murray's role, Dr. Peter Venkman, or even creating a CGI ghost. "We're not going to do a movie that exploits the franchise. The script has to be perfect. I'm the cheerleader, but I'm only one voice in the matter. It's a surety that Bill Murray will not do the movie, however there is still interest from the studio."

That's all the Ghostbuster goodies, but you can read the full Dan Aykroyd interview at The Telegraph