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Dan Aykroyd Says He Might Recast Peter Venkman For 'Ghostbusters 3,' Denies Rumor That Bill Murray Trashed His Script

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist February 13, 2012 at 3:12PM

Dear Dan Aykroyd: For the the love of God, let it go.
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"Ghostbusters"

Dear Dan Aykroyd: For the the love of God, let it go.

Developing over the the past couple of years, it seems Dan Aykroyd is hellbent on making "Ghostbusters 3" even if no one else really wants to see this thing. (Really, do you?) The project has been puttering along with countless casting rumors (John Hodgman, Matthew Gray Gubler, Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Will Forte) most of them nothing more than dreamy fancies in Aykroyd's brain. But just over a year ago, it was reported that Sony wasn't even going to bother making the thing, unless the notoriously awesome and cagey Bill Murray confirmed he would reprise his role. Well, he gave his answer in December when rumors flew that he sent the script back to Aykroyd in a box, shredded, with a note that read: "No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts!"

Well Empire caught up with Aykroyd who is still stubbornly solidering on. He revealed to the magazine that he might just go ahead and re-cast the role of Peter Venkman, the worst possible idea we've ever heard of, and then goes on to deny that Murray dared to trash the script, saying that the actor just has too much respect for Akyroyd's literary skills.

"Bill Murray is not capable of such behaviour. This is simply something that would not be in his nature," Aykroyd insisted. "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." But wait, that's not all. Aykroyd also claims they'll be pulling the Rick Moranis out of retirement as well.

"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," he said. This runs completely counter to what Harold Ramis told Student Life in 2009: "Rick won’t do it. Rich has retired from show business." Maybe they twisted his arm, or his paper shredder is broken.

Either way, "Ghostbusters 3" continues to be...a thing...but we're not holding our breath it's gonna happen, and if it does, good luck to whoever tries to fill Bill Murray's shoes.

This article is related to: Dan Aykroyd, Ghostbusters 3, Rick Moranis, Bill Murray, Rick Moranis


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