Ghostbusters 3: Dan Aykroyd To Recast Bill Murray Role?

The character of Peter Venkman, played by Bill Murray in the original Ghostbusters movies, could be re-cast for the forthcoming third movie. Murray has long-stated his reluctance to be involved with the new project, and it seems as though co-star and producer Dan Aykroyd has finally given up hope of persuading the actor to return.

In a new interview with Empire magazine, Aykroyd confirmed that production on Ghostbusters 3 would not continue until the writing team were 100 per cent happy with the script, saying, "The script must be perfect. We cannot release a film that is any less than that. We have more work to do". Fans of the much-loved franchise have reacted negatively to news that the movie plans to shoot without Murray, and Aykroyd confirmed the part of Venkman could now be recast. Adam Chitwood of criticized the decision, saying, "This is a terrible idea for a number of reasons. If Murray declines to reprise the role, it'd make much more sense to replace Venkman with a different character than have some other actor take on the part". Aykroyd did however take the opportunity to deny rumors suggesting Murray had sent back a shredded script for Ghostbusters 3 with the message, 'No-one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts". He said, "Bill Murray is not capable of such behavior. 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".

Directed once again by Ivan Reitman, whose latest movies have included the Oscar-nominated 'Up in The Air', Ghostbusters III is rumored to star Anna Faris and ELIZA DUSHKU.


Tags: Bill Murray - Dan Aykroyd - Ivan Reitman - Anna Faris


More Bill Murray

Guess What Bill Murray Went and Did Again

Bill Murray probably knew it was time to crash another birthday party and send the internet into raptures. This time, the Lost in Translation star...

Chris Pratt To Host Saturday Night Live Season Premiere

There is just no stopping Chris Pratt. Funny, attractive, and the kind of guy everyone wants as a best friend, he's gone from supporting cast...

Bill Murray Celebrates ‘Bill Murray Day’ In Typical Bill Murray Fashion

For those of you who weren't aware, Friday September 5th was ‘Bill Murray Day’ at the Toronto Film Festival. Yes Murray-maniacs have long thought their...

Bill Murray Heads To Toronto Film Festival 2014, Line-Up Now Complete

Bill Murray is heading to the Toronto Film Festival with his latest movie St Vincent in which he plays a boozy war veteran who befriends...


A Week In Movies: Expendables And Bradley Cooper Spotted In London, New Trailers For St. Vincent, Into The Woods And More

The world premiere of The Expendables 3 took place this week in London, attended by Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Kellan Lutz and Wesley...

St. Vincent Trailer

St. Vincent de Van Nuys is a broke former soldier with a serious alcohol and gambling habit. He has few friends apart from nightclub dancer...

Bill Murray Announced As The Voice Of Baloo In Disney's New 'Jungle Book' Movie

Bill Murray is just the latest big Hollywood star to join an ensemble cast in Disney's forthcoming 'Jungle Book' movie. The 63 year-old actor is...

Bill Murray Signs On To Voice Baloo In Jon Favreau’s Star Studded ‘Jungle Book’ Remake

Bill Murray has become the latest addition to the already star studded voice cast of Disney's upcoming Jungle Book remake. Murray will reportedly be lending...



Bill Murray Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Bill Murray

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All