Feb. 15, 2012 at 9:26 AM ET
Who you gonna call? For "Ghostbusters 3," not Bill Murray.
The Ghostbusters retired a long time ago, after a 1984 hit film, 1989 sequel, and two animated TV shows. But their spirit is still haunting the entertainment world.
In a webcast with Empire magazine, former Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd implied he and co-star Rick Moranis were actively working to bring "Ghostbusters 3" to theaters sometime in the next few years.
"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,” said Aykroyd.
He also responded to questions that another star, Bill Murray, wasn’t into the idea, denying reports that Murray actually shredded a potential script and included the note, “No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts.”
Replied Aykroyd, “Bill Murray is not capable of such behavior. 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.”
Nevertheless, Aykroyd continues on his quest, hinting he will be pursuing alternative actors to fill the shoes.
Tough to say what a Ghostbusters movie would be like without Murray. Not all fans are thrilled.
“Leave Ghostbusters in the past where it belongs, with its reputation maintained by affectionate nostalgia,” writes Belfast Boy on Empire's comment page. “The legacy can only be tarnished by a much belated continuation.”
Others see the humor in the situation or wouldn’t mind a return of the plot, if the right pieces were in place.
“If they can't get the original cast back together, OK, reboot it completely,” says a fan who goes by larstrygve. “Start over with some new guys.”
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