Has Venkman Been Recast In Ghostbusters 3?

Remember that story about Bill Murray, the long known holdout for a return to the protonpacks in a third Ghostbuster movie, sending back the script shredded with a not that read “No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts!” in the ultimate dick move? Well, another Ghostbuster says it ain’t true.

Ghostbuster, Blues Brother and, vodka salesman Dan Aykroyd set the record straight with Empire.

“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.” 

Whew, so… he’s on board then? Shall I call Ray Parker Jr. and tell him to warm up the vocal cords? Maybe not. Hit the jump to find out more of what Empire got out of Aykroyd.

Even more intriguingly, 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.

Um, What? For one thing they made no direct quote, just alluded to him hinting at maybe something that, correct me if I am wrong, would be big freakin news. Also, the best possible example they could come up with is Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan? Was it Akyroyd that made the analogy? Was he drunk?

Apparently he doled about a few other Ghostbuster tidbits that Empire vaguely reported on, namely this:

  “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.”

Awesome, you can’t give a direct quote about the franchise shattering recasting of the keystone character in the films but you can give a definite answer on the “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” guy coming back to play the dog-nerd again. Thank you so much for that.

Honestly, while a part of me thinks a third time around with Venkman, Stantz, and Spengler would be great, I can’t help but feel that if Murray held out and said no (shredder or no shredder) he might be protecting that part of me from the pain of seeing it done very very wrong.

Wrong like recasting Venkman wrong.

Here is a .gif of Micheal Scott from former hit TV show The Office that sucks now since the keystone character/actor is gone. It expresses my feelings on this far better on this matter than I ever could.

Source: Empire


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