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 Collider.com 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.