Who you gonna call? was a question so often sang and screamed in the annals of my childhood play that it has become part of my and my generation’s vernacular. We all had one answer back in the day; today I think we’re ready to unify behind a new one: NOT Bill Murray!
For those of us who grew up with Ghostbusters in our blood, it is difficult to imagine the world moving on without the cavalier Dr. Peter Venkman, first brought to life in 1984 by Bill Murray. However, many of us are the same people who believed that Jack Nicholson would be our one and only forever Joker. The world changes, life moves on and franchises can move beyond a larger than life actor and character to see a greater success than any of us can fathom. It is for this reason that I met today’s Ghostbusters 3 news from ComicVine with hopeful anticipation rather than regret.
According to ComicVine, Dan Aykroyd, original co-writer of Ghostbusters and the face of my favorite specter specialist Dr. Raymond Stantz, had this to say about the future of a Ghostbusters sequel without Bill Murray,
…we’re passing it on to a new generation. Ghostbusters 3 can be a successful movie without Bill. My preference would be to have him involved but at this point he doesn’t seem to be coming and we have to move on. It’s time to make the third one.
I can hear the diehard fan thoughts now, Yes, Dan, we can all agree it’s time to make a third one, but we’ve heard this song before! I hear you, because my mind sings the same song. What does Mr. Aykroyd offer us this time in the form of a confirmation of forward progress? Well, here’s his response to the very direct question, “Is Ghostbusters 3 finally happening?” in an interview with Metro
Yes, we’ve got a brilliant new writer on it and we’ll be passing the torch on to a new generation. We’re working on it to make it just right to satisfy our fans. I’m confident we’ll be in production in the next year. [...] now we’ve got the studio on [our] side. We’ve tried a few concepts which weren’t right but now we’ve got a good structure and will make it happen.