Briefly: Here’s good news about Ghostbusters 3, at last: we can all stop thinking about it, because Dan Ayrkoyd has said that Bill Murray definitely won’t be a part of the sequel. The actor told Metro “No, I can tell you [Murray] won’t be involved,” when asked about the return of the original Peter Venkman. Otherwise, everything else is as it was with respect to the ghost-bustin’ sequel.

Ayroyd says “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… We’ve tried a few concepts which weren’t right but now we’ve got a good structure and will make it happen.”

Murray was the holdout for a long time in the film’s last couple years of development, when producers and Aykroyd were working with a now-scrapped script by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg (The Office, Year One). Even without that script, however, Murray is the one who seems to be remaining sensible about the chances of the film turning out well. Good luck to the rest of the believers.

 

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Ghostbusters 3‘s ability to roar back from all-but-certain death is getting to be downright supernatural. After years of on-again, off-again development, Dan Aykroyd finally acknowledged back in February that the film was in “suspended animation.” But Bill Murray (who, it should be noted, has previously been the holdout) set the rumor mill churning again by refusing to rule out the possibility and saying “we’ll try again” to bring the project to life. Indeed, just weeks after he made that comment, news broke that a new writing staff had been hired to try again with the script.

Today, we’ve learned that the scribe tapped to work on the screenplay is none other than Etan Cohen, who most recently worked on the late-arriving threequel for another Sony action-comedy franchise, Men in Black 3. Yes, that’s Etan Cohen, not Ethan Coen, if there was any confusion. Read more details after the jump.

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It’s a vicious cycle: as long as there is suffering, people will want to drink. As long as people want to drink, Dan Aykroyd will sell them Crystal Skull Vodka. As long as Aykroyd sells vodka, people will ask him about Ghostbusters III. And every time someone talks about Ghostbusters III, others suffer.

The last we’d heard about the sequel that has probably been the subject of more conversation than the production of the first two films combined was that Bill Murray didn’t like the script by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (The Office, Year One), which had probably been rolled around like an old tire, and that the project was in suspended animation. Then, last month, David Letterman asked Murray about the film, and the reluctant actor said they would try again. And evidently a new script is in the works now. Read More »

After years of Ghostbusters 3 talk, Dan Aykroyd finally admitted back in February that the project was in “suspended animation,” due in a large part to his former co-star Bill Murray‘s reluctance to get involved. But rumors of a potential sequel refuse to die, and surprisingly, Murray himself hasn’t exactly been firm about putting them down.

Earlier this spring, he acknowledged that Ghostbusters 3 was “a possibility,” though he wouldn’t elaborate further, and a few days ago, he told David Letterman that “well try again” to get a script together. But don’t hold your breath — Murray still doesn’t seem all that eager to dive in, so the likelihood of cameras rolling in the near future are still very slim. Read his comments after the jump.

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Every time I think the whole back-and-forth about Bill Murray and Ghostbusters 3 is finally drawing to a close, somehow it comes roaring back again. This time, Murray is the one who’s not ruling out the possibility, however small, of his involvement. Also after the jump:

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For a long time now, we’ve watched as Dan Aykroyd tried to bring Ghostbusters 3 into being through sheer force of will. And it almost happened: he scripted one version, then Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (The Office, Year One) wrote a script that Ivan Reitman was almost ready to direct. Aykroyd has been working on that script, and Harold Ramis was on board.

One guy was said to be the primary roadblock: Bill Murray, who according to all reports is not interested in the film. Aykroyd, to his credit, didn’t want to do the movie without the original crew in place. And now Aykroyd admits that Murray isn’t interested in the film, and that it is in “suspended animation” as a result. Read More »

They eventually made a fourth Indiana Jones. That’s what I tell myself each time Dan Aykroyd comes out and speaks, with the utmost confidence, that a third Ghostbusters will eventually be made. Like the Jones sequel, Ghostbusters 3 is a movie that has been long rumored and discussed ad nauseum. So I figure if Spielberg, Lucas and Ford can find a common ground after years of conjecture, the same will probably happen for the Ghostbusters crew.

Of course, we all know the main hold out has been Bill Murray but in the latest twist, Aykroyd suggests they could “Jack Ryan” that role and just make it with someone else. I wonder what Sony has to say about that. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Here’s perhaps the most unusual collection of sequel news we’ll run this month. Let’s start with Atlas Shrugged: Part 2, which producers say will shoot this year and be ready for release in October, the better to take advantage of a charged pre-election political climate.

The first movie was made fast, with an unproven director (Paul Johansson of One Tree Hill, who also played John Galt) handling an adaptation of Ayn Rand‘s gigantic tome about American industry, economics and self-reliance. It did well for a moment in limited release, but was critically savaged and rejected in some respects even by Ayn Rand aficionados.

Producer John Aglialoro says that the second part of a planned three-film adaptation of Atlas Shrugged is going to happen, however. Thing is, it will have a different director in Duncan Scott (who produced an adaptation of Rand’s novel We The Living in 1986) and an all-new cast which will be announced within the next week. So… they thought the first movie sucked, too? [THR]

We’ll have further news when that cast is announced; for now, hit the break for info on much more routine developments that possibly impact the Avatar sequels, the currently-shooting Riddick sequel, and Ghostbusters 3. Read More »

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