Bill Murray could return as a ghost in a potential new Ghostbusters film. Dan Aykroyd, who co-created the original movies, told AXS TV’s The Big Interview with Dan Rather the new film was being written “right now”.
Ghostbusters fans, sit up and take note. The original cast could be getting back together for a brand new sequel.
Rumours and false starts have surrounded Ghostbusters 3 for years. After the all-female reboot, any ambitions actor and original creator Dan Aykroyd had of producing a second sequel looked destined to be lost forever.
But after weak box office and poor critical response for the reboot, the franchise might now look to its origins for inspiration.
Aykroyd told AXS TV’s The Big Interview with Dan Rather that Ghostbusters 3 could become a reality with the living cast members – himself, Ernie Hudson and Bill Murray – returning to their original roles (although Murray’s Venkman might be dead!).
Harold Ramis, who co-created the original characters with Aykroyd and played Spengler, died in 2014, so would obviously be missing from the reunion but it remains to be seen if Rick Moranis, who played Louis Tully, might return having not worked in film for years having retired from acting in the late 1990s.
With the principle cast enjoying cameos in the 2016 reboot, including Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts, it would be hard to believe they wouldn’t be enticed by the prospect of reprising their original roles.
And, according to Aykroyd, Murray, who has been the one over the years leaning against another film, would be enticed by Ghostbusters 3 because the “story’s so good”. He said, “I think Billy will come even if he plays a ghost,” referring to Murray’s own idea that Venkman could return from beyond the grave.
The film, which won’t be connected with Paul Feig’s ill-conceived franchise revamp, might not see the light of day with previous false starts highlighting the difficulty in making movies happen, but Aykroyd is more optimistic than ever.