Bill Murray Recast in Ghostbusters 3?

Dan Aykroyd hints at a 'Jack Ryan' style recasting of Peter Venkman in the long-rumored comedy sequel.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Dan Aykroyd won't let Ghostbusters 3 die, which is a little ironic, since considering the subject material. (Ghosts, etc.) Bill Murray clearly feels differently. The long-rumored third film in the Ghostbusters franchise hit a wall last year, when Sony reportedly put its foot down and said they wouldn't produce the sequel without Murray's involvement. Aykroyd, who co-wrote the original two movies, seems eager to go ahead anyway, according to a recent interview with Empire.

According to the site, which did not provide a direct quote, "Aykroyd hinted that Bill Murray may not return as Peter Venkman, and that the character could be played by a different actor, a la Jack Ryan." Aykroyd also insisted that Murray has been gentlemanly about his desire not to be involved, saying, "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." Click on over to Empire to read his full statement.

As for another former cast member whose return was less than a sure thing, Aykroyd said that Rick Moranis (who hasn't appeared in a film since 2006's Brother Bear 2) would be a major part of Ghostbusters 3.

"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."

Given the many obstacles to bringing Ghostbusters 3 to fruition, and the seemingly impossible task of recasting Bill Murray (seriously, you does he expect to get?), it's sounding increasingly like Aykroyd is fighting windmills at this point, but who knows? Maybe he can finally get this thing off the ground. We're ready to believe you, Dan.

CraveOnline will be back with more Ghostbusters 3 news if we pick up any more PKE readings.