Well, it seems the long-running “will he?/ will he not?” saga of Bill Murray returning for Ghostbusters 3 is finally over: it’s just not gonna happen.  In a recent interview, original Ghostbusters star and Murray’s fellow Saturday Night Live alum Dan Aykroyd confirmed that Bill Murray will not be returning as Peter Venkman.

It’s been a long back and forth, with Aykroyd’s long-developing sequel project constantly being rejected by Murray, who famously stated that “No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts.”  However, as recently as June of this year, Murray was hinting that the project was moving forward.  Though it may be, it is now doing so without Murray, according to Aykroyd:

“He won’t be involved.  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.”

Aykroyd has long pushed for the sequel in which the Ghostbusters train a younger generation to take over the “who you gonna call?” duties, and essentially reboot the franchise for new fans too young to remember the sheer awesomeness of the original and the absolute horrors of Ghostbusters 2.

“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…my character’s eyesight is shot, I got a bad knee, a bad hip—I can’t drive that caddy anymore or lift that Psychotron Accelerator anymore, it’s too heavy. We need young legs, new minds—new Ghostbusters; so I’m in essence passing the torch to the new regime, and you know what? That’s totally okay with me.”

This is disheartening, but entirely surprising, news—Murray has long complained that the original film was perfect, the sequel was awful, and so why try (and likely fail) to try and top the original once again?

Ghostbusters 3 has no set release date.

Can a Ghostbusters film work without Murray’s Pete Venkman?

Source: Coming Soon