The news on the possibility of a Ghostbusters 3 seems to change from week to week and month to month. It is known that most of the key players, including Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis are in for the third installment. However, the rumors over whether or not Billy Murray, who played Peter in the prior two installments, is in or out on the new project.
According to new Hollywood sources, Murray gave an interview to a Chicago media outlet that seems to have indicated he is not entirely out of the project. This would refute a statement made by Aykroyd himself earlier this year where he said Murray indicated he was not interested in the project. Aykroyd, at the time, said that Murray was too busy with other projects and outside endeavors to be a part of a third movie and that he respected that. However, in this latest interview, Murray indicated that Ghostbusters 3 might be a "possibility."
The quote that Aykroyd gave earlier this year stated, "At this point it’s in suspended animation. 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. He doesn’t want to be involved. 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."
During the interview with a Chicago news outlet, Murray used the world "possibility" about a third movie, but then quickly changed the subject to his more current projects.
At one point there was a rumor that Murray had been sent a copy of the script. The rumor stated that he shredded the script and returned it to Aykroyd with a note that stated, "No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts." Aykroyd, however, has said that this was untrue and no such incident happened.
As for the reported details on the plot of the movie, those are also all over the place. Some have suggested that it might feature the older Ghostbusters mentoring newer and younger Ghostbusters. However, no one involved with the film has been very forthcoming about what the third movie might be about. So, the rumors continue.
As for Murray, he remains in high demand for projects outside of the Ghostbusters and comedy worlds. He was on the local media affiliate to talk about a new movie he has coming out in 2012 called Moonrise Kingdom. The movie is directed by Wes Anderson who also directed Murray in Rushmore and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
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