Bill Murray is dead-set against starring in another Ghostbusters movie, though he did not shred the most recent script and mail pieces back to Dan Aykroyd, the former Blues Brother tells the London Telegraph. “It’s a surety that Bill Murray will not do the movie,” he said. “However there is still interest from the studio.”
Aykroyd has been working to resurrect the franchise for more than 10 years – passing the torch to a new set of paranormal investigators, perhaps – with Murray the major stumbling block. He’s gone on television and radio and made it clear to journalists that he finds the idea repugnant.
“At this point it’s in suspended animation,” Aykroyd said.
“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 [but] I can’t be mad at him. He’s a friend first, a colleague second.”