I just feel so sorry for Dan Akroyd at this point. And honestly, I have no idea why; it’s not like Akroyd’s particularly an actor I constantly root for and want to succeed; of all the Ghostbusters, he was my least favorite* (even Winston Zeddemore was better!) But, I mean…the guy has passion! Naive, selfish, and greedy passion, but passion none the less! And no, within a blink of the eye, those passions have been shattered.
During an interview with the Telegraph, Dan Akroyd said the following about the development of Ghostbusters III:
I honestly don’t know. At this point it’s in suspended animation. The studio, the director Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis feel there must be a way to do it, but Bill Murray will not do the movie. He doesn’t want to be involved. He’s got six kids, houses all over America. He golfs in these tournaments where they pay him to turn up and have a laugh. He’s into this life and living it. I know we’d have a lot of fun, I can’t be mad at him. He’s a friend first, a colleague second. We have a deep personal relationship that transcends business and he doesn’t want to know.
So a lot of things can be dissected from this. First, Bill Murray has SIX kids?! And second, I feel that Akroyd’s in a little bit of denial here…me thinks that Murray passed on the script because he didn’t like it, not because he’s “into life” or whatever. So, with Murray passing on the script, Akroyd believes this to be the future of the threequel:
“We’re not going to do a movie that exploits the franchise. The script has to be perfect. I’m the cheerleader, but I’m only one voice in the matter. It’s a surety that Bill Murray will not do the movie, however there is still interest from the studio.”
So yeah, it’s pretty much canned at this point. I can say this with complete and utter certainty; there will be NO Ghostbusters III. That said, I’m not entirely sure we’re done with this franchise forever. Sony knows it still has a lot of money to be made here, and I don’t think there just going to let it sit there. Mark my words: Within three years, we’ll be hearing about a Ghostbusters remake/reboot in the works. Thankfully though, we’ll have plenty of time to rest between now and then! And what of Dan Akroyd? Well, he’ll just keep on doing what he’s been doing for the past five years…did I hear someone mention CONEHEADS 2?!
*I say this half jokingly…I love all the Ghostbusters (although Akroyd was my least favorite).