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Bill Murray Officially Out Of ‘Ghostbusters 3’, Peter Venkman Not In The Script*

Ah, Ghostbusters 3. I’m sure you’ll be terrible. That’s not some snarky online reflexive writing – I love to love things – but it looks like this project is just creatively circling the drain and that it’s sole reason for existing will be the cash. Fairly soon we might actually have a third film, which means the balance in the universe will have shifted. We’ll have one great Ghostbusters and two bad ones. And now one thing’s for sure – Bill Murray Won’t Be In It. We all knew that was coming, but here it really is. Once Dan Aykroyd admits to this, that means the last person on earth who was holding out hope has finally given in.

Last month, on the heels of this report, Men in Black 3 scribe Etan Cohen was been tapped to rewrite the sequel for the studio. He was supposed to be rewriting the draft that “The Office” scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky were hired to write in Setember 2008.

Except now it appears he’s been writing a draft, on Dan Aykroyd’s marching orders, without Murray’s character Peter Venkman. When Metro asked Aykroyd if Murray would be in the film he replied, “No, I can tell you he won’t be involved..” He continued, “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.

The plan remains to have the old Ghostbusters pass the torch to a new bunch of rapscallions. Excited? *Oh and I would hope Peter Venkman isn’t in the script. How sad would it be if they got someone else to play him?



  • ttop33

    So I guess quality control just went right out the window. I don’t even think they can do a third one without Murray signing off on it. Maybe he told Aykroyd to leave him alone and he’d let them make a horrible sequel on their own.

  • EvilHead1981

    Meh, I don’t care. Murray was great, like always, but he wasn’t the main reason I liked the Ghostbusters movies. Besides that, I still like Ghostbusters 2. It’s one of those accounts that I remember, at the time, lots of people liked it, but nowadays, they act like they are all sooo much better and scoff at how crappy the movie is. It’s kinda like in the 90s, everybody thought they were hot shit doing the Macarena, and now they cringe when they think about it. Same for the 80s TMNT cartoon, and how people rant about how it really sucked, it’s nothing like the comic, fart queef shit and how the modern cartoon is soo much better. You know these shitstains were totally fandom in their youth, then all of a sudden, are too cool for school. Fuck these “turn one a dime” trenders. Fuck them to hell!

  • Link1983

    Bill Murray’s attitude towards the franchise has been beyond disrespectful. I am glad he is off the project hopefully it means I can finally have the sequel I have waited 21 years for. Dan Aykroyd is the genius behind the series and as long as Dan is still on board I am still confident.

    • ttop33

      He’s also the genius who brought you Blues Brothers 2000. I’ve read his Ghostbusters in Hell script and it was horrible. He’s wanted a third movie for soo long he’ll accept whatever the studio tells him in order to get it.

  • Nothing333

    I’d trust Bill Murray’s opinion more than Dan Aykroyd’s. It’s clear that the script is probably a mess.

  • bonerghost

    This was bound to be remade someday anyhow, with new actors, so now we’ll actually see a sequel where the characters from the original can end their legacy properly minus Peter. I’m sure they’ll get some comedians to take over and it’ll be funny as hell.

  • The-Xenomorph-2

    That stinks. I’d love to see Murray do it again.

  • mav07

    I really dont give a shit if Murray is in it or not, he’s not the reason I loved this movie as a kid.

  • Just make the fucking movie already…… If Bill Murray doesn’t want to do it, then write him out – so he died between Ghostbusters 2 & 3 – and they replaced him with a different Ghostbuster……


    Who should they get to play the new character??? They would have to be as equally entertaining as Bill murray but in a different way, and a completely different character, not a Venkman rip=off

  • but-sir-the-piranha

    i bet this gets canned down the road, you can’t possibly do this without bill murray in my opinion. by the way ghostbusters 2 gets a bad rep, that is a good sequel.

  • TwistedCritic

    “We’ll have one great Ghostbusters and two bad ones.” – Well if Ghostbusters II is “bad” then I’ll gladly take another. I think there’s a difference between being an inferior sequel and being a bad movie. Also, agreeing with a lot of what EvilHead said about it.

  • Evil_Flip

    I’m fine with Murray leaving, this just leaves more screentime for Egon, Raymond, Louis, Janine, Dana and finally Winston. Venkman was great, but only part of a great whole. Though I’m not so happy about the passing the torch idea. Why not make one cool reunion movie and call it quits. This is just a set up for a lesser not so Ghostbusters 4.

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