‘Ghostbusters 3’ to shoot next summer without Bill Murray

The long-promised sequel will finally go into production in 2013, but Murray will not be involved

Ghostbusters 3 is finally set to go into production, but not until 2013.

According to Deadline, director Ivan Reitman is planning to shoot the sequel next summer after he completes a new Kevin Costner movie called Draft Day. However, Bill Murray will not be involved.

Murray starred alongside Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis in the original 1984 Ghostbusters movie and 1989’s Ghostbusters 2. Both films were co-written by Aykroyd and Ramis and directed by Reitman.

The third film has been stuck in development for over a decade, reportedly because Aykroyd and Ramis failed to come up with a viable script. However, this July (2012) Aykroyd revealed that the project had been handed to a new writing team, and in August he predicted that Ghostbusters 3 would go into production “in the next year”.

Speaking at the time, Aykroyd also admitted that Murray would be unlikely to return. He explained: “It’s sad but 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.”