Dan Aykroyd has officially announced that Bill Murray will not be reprising his role as Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters 3.
Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson and Harold Ramis have all agreed to take part in the Ghostbusters reboot, but with Murray making statements like, "“No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts."
It seems pretty clear he's not going to change his mind any time soon.
Despite Murray's comment, Aykroyd has stated the film will be more of a reboot/revivial of the first two films, introducing audiences to a new, younger group of Ghostbusters and that the film will be just fine sans-Venkman.
The head writer picked for the film is Etan Cohen (Men In Black 3, Tropic Thunder) and Aykroyd feels positive towards it all saying, "We're working on it to make it just right to satisfy our fans. I'm confident we'll be in production in the next year."
It's sad Murray doesn't want to revive one of his most famous roles, but I think people are missing the bigger issue...who is playing the new set of Ghostbusters? Will Janine be there? How about a comeback for Rick Moranis ? Even with no Venkman, bringing back any of these characters with definitely please audiences.
Oh, and you know what else would make Ghostbusters fans happy? The return of Hi-C's "Ecto-Cooler"...