The franchise that dared to cross the streams will now dare to jump on the reboot bandwagon.
With Ghostbusters III being such a touchy-feely subject for former cast members to talk about over the years, it seems like there is finally some clarification about the future of the project. And, as of now, it will be missing its biggest star.
Actor Dan Aykroyd, who played Dr. Raymond Stantz in the series, opened up about the status of the project with showbiz publication Metro. According to the franchise star, Bill Murray will not be signing on for number three.
“No, I can tell you [Bill] won't be involved,” said Aykroyd.
Despite what would appear to be a serious blow, according to Aykroyd, it’s full steam ahead.
“I'm confident we'll be in production in the next year,” he said.
Aykroyd admits that he is “sad” about not having Bill onboard. The comedy genius played Dan’s offbeat, cool guy sidekick in both the first two films. Even with missing that edge, Aykroyds feel that the film can go on, claiming “it's time to make the third one.”
“‘Ghostbusters 3’ can be a successful movie without Bill,” he said. “My preference would be to have him involved but at this point he doesn't seem to be coming and we have to move on.”
Following in the shoes of recent reboots like 2012’s 21 Jump Street, Ghostbusters III will attempt to not only re-launch, but also rebrand the series. (Though, the Jump Street remake did feature all its original stars Johnny Depp, Peter DeLuise, and Holly Robinson Peete.)
“We've got a brilliant new writer on it and we'll be passing the torch on to a new generation,” Aykroyd continued. “We're working on it to make it just right to satisfy our fans.”
Though no director has yet to be assigned, Aykroyd promises GB III will bring new talent and new energy to the now 28-year-old franchise.