[UPDATE: Deadline insists that Sony still wants Bill Murray in the sequel, and that the film won't get the green light without his involvement. As always with any movie this long in development hell, take all information, be it Akroyd or the studio, with a grain of salt.]
Ghostbusters 3 has kind of become the new Indiana Jones 4, hasn't it? We've been hearing rumors about a sequel to the hit 1980s movie franchise for decades now, with the original cast all coming back, but it's always felt pie in the sky until lately, when Dan Akroyd apparently finished a draft of the screenplay that everyone's happy with. Except, perhaps, for Bill Murray, who last we heard hadn't even read it yet. But Dan Akroyd remains positive about the project, and recently told The Dennis Miller Show that the project will go ahead without Bill Murray if absolutely necessary.
Quoth the Akroyd (via Coming Soon): "Yes, we will be doing the movie and hopefully with Mr. Murray. That is our hope. We have an excellent script. What we have to remember is that 'Ghostbusters' is bigger than any one component, although Billy was absolutely the lead and contributive to it in a massive way, as was the director and Harold [Ramis], myself and Sigourney [Weaver]. The concept is much larger than any individual role and the promise of 'Ghostbusters 3' is that we get to hand the equipment and the franchise down to new blood."
Akroyd's take on the long-rumored sequel is familiar to dedicated fans, as it's the "Next Generation" take on the franchise we've heard bandied about for many years. Akroyd gave an update about what's going on with the old gang. Sounds like some crazy s**t's happened to Ray in the last 20 years...
"My character, Ray, is now blind in one eye and can't drive the cadillac. He's got a bad knee and can't carry the packs... Egon is too large to get into the harness. We need young blood and that's the promise. We're gonna hand it to a new generation."
Check out Coming Soon for more of Akroyd's comments, including his unexpected casting choice for one of the new Ghosbusters gang.
What do you think? Can Ghostbusters go on without Bill Murray? Will it still be Ghostbusters to you?
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