Dan Aykroyd on Ghostbusters 3: Need Rick Moranis, Bill Murray optional?
Dan Aykroyd talked to Empire Magazine and discussed the script development and possible third Ghostbusters film.
Aykroyd hinted that Bill Murray may not return as Peter Venkman, and that the character could be played by a different actor, a la Jack Ryan.
[Talking about Ghostbusters 3 generally] “The script must be perfect. We cannot release a film that is any less than that. We have more work to do.”
Aykroyd expressed his desire to have Rick Moranis in the film:
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.
As for the internet rumour that Murray recently shredded a Ghostbusters 3script and sent it back with a note that said, “No-one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts”, Aykroyd denied it with vigour.
“Bill Murray is not capable of such behaviour. 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.”