Ghostbusters 3 has been one of those projects that just won’t die. Dan Aykroyd took a crack at the script back in the 90s, then “The Office” scribes Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg had a go at it, setting up the story to involve passing the ghostbusting torch to a new generation. Bill Murray has been the voice of reason in this whole thing; he was rumored to have sent a shredded version of the most recent script back to Aykroyd with a note that said, “No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts.” Sony once said they won’t make the movie without Murray’s involvement, but now Aykroyd is singing a different tune: he says they just might recast Dr. Venkman altogether.
Empire spoke with Aykroyd recently, and the actor implied that Peter Venkman could be played by some other actor, akin to the way Jack Ryan has been played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck over the years. He also mentioned a desire to pull Rick Moranis out of retirement to reprise his role in the classic series:
If we can get the script to Ghostbusters 3 right, then it would definitely have Moranis as a major component. None of us would want to do the movie without having him as a participant.
While Aykroyd may claim none of filmmakers “want” to do the movie without Moranis, the same could be said about their “all for one, one for all” attitude regarding Bill Murray when this project first came to light a few years ago. But it’s clear that mentality only goes so far, as evidenced by his willingness to replace Murray if the outspoken actor refuses to take part in their version of the movie.
At this point, I wish the concept of another entry in this franchise would just quietly go away. But Aykroyd seems desperate to get this made, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see who pushes harder: Akroyd, or the legions of people who never want this project to see the light of day. Is anyone out there actually excited about a Ghostbusters 3?