Dan Aykroyd: Bill Murray won’t star in Ghostbusters 3

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After decades of groveling and emotional overeating, Dan Aykroyd has finally admitted to himself — and the world — that Bill Murray has zero interest in Ghostbusters 3. "The studio, the director Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis feel there must be a way to do it, but Bill Murray will not do the movie," Aykroyd told the Telegraph. "He doesn’t want to be involved."

Rumors of a third film in the series have swirled like a proton pack stream for years, especially after a 2009 video game reunited the original cast. The proposed story would involve the old team passing Ecto-1 to a new generation of paranormal investigators, which just sounds depressing and terrible. And Murray, displeased with Ghostbusters 2, seems to agree with this assessment. As Aykroyd elucidated:

"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. …  It’s a surety that Bill Murray will not do the movie. However, there is still interest from the studio."

Blasphemously, Aykroyd might cast another actor as Dr. Peter Venkman, which sounds even more depressing and terrible. (For many fans, it's Murray or no ticket purchase.) But Aykroyd insists, "We're not going to do a movie that exploits the franchise." Uh huh.

He then returned to chugging his crystal skull vodka, which makes us remember Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a good case for letting past cinematic glories rest in peace.