Murray not joining "Ghostbusters 3"

Bill Murray was one of the trio of eccentric parapsychologists in New York City, who start a ghost catching business.

7 Aug – As "Ghostbusters" fans wait with bated breath on news regarding Bill Murray's involvement with the upcoming sequel to the supernatural comedy "Ghostbusters II" in 1989, Canadian comedian and one of the lead stars of the film series Dan Aykroyd revealed that his former co-star Bill Murray would not be taking up any role in "Ghostbusters 3", according to Movie Web.

"No, I can tell you he won't be involved. 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," said Aykroyd who played Dr. Raymond Stantz in the films, and also the co-writer of the previous two "Ghostbusters" movies in the 80s.

There were rumours that Murray had shredded the script when Aykroyd approached him but the latter denied this incident.

"Bill Murray is not capable of such behaviour. This is simply something that would not be in his nature. He has too much positive estimation of my writing skills to shred the work," remarked Aykroyd.

Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd in a scene from the 1984 "Ghostbusters".

In a recent interview with David Letterman in June, Murray said, "Even the second "Ghostbusters" wasn't as much fun for me as the first one. It's hard to make a sequel. That first one was really funny. It was just so darn funny, it's hard for me."

It was also reported that Etan Cohen, who wrote the screenplay for "Men In Black III" and "Tropic Thunder", had signed on to be a co-writer for the movie.

"Ghostbusters 3" will see the older generation passing on the torch to a younger crop of Ghostbusters, although it is not yet known if the series' director, Ivan Reitman, will return.