In an interview with Metro newspaper in London, Dan Aykroyd has confirmed that Bill Murray will not be in “Ghostbusters 3” and that he is moving forward with a new generation of characters.
The Q&A went like this:
Is Ghostbusters 3 finally happening?
Yes, we've got a brilliant new writer on it and we'll be passing the torch on to a new generation. 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 been a long process, hasn't it?
Yes, but now we've got the studio on side. We've tried a few concepts which weren't right but now we've got a good structure and will make it happen.
Is Bill Murray doing it?
No, I can tell you he won't be involved.
How do you feel about that?
It's sad but we're passing it on to a new generation. Ghostbusters 3 can be a successful movie without Bill. 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. It's time to make the third one.
If you ask us, 3 out of the 4 original Ghsotbusters will make a brief appearance in the film as they hand their Ghostbuster equipment and knowledge to either their sons or young friends. Who knows, but looks like the studio is supporting whatever they’re pitching.