'Ghostbusters 3' Officially Forges Ahead Without Bill Murray

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It's been almost 30 years — which is roughly 100 by Hollywood standards — since the original "Ghostbusters" graced the silver screen (and 23 years since "Ghostbusters 2"), but the powers-that-be might finally be gearing up the re-boot.

After what seems like ages of endless chatter, the wheels seem to be in motion to bring everyone's favorite ghost-fighting parapsychology professors to a new generation.

The only catch? Bill Murray won't be in it. We're gonna give you a minute to take that in.

According to Dan Aykroyd, who probably knows what he's talking about, Murray definitely won't reprise his role as Peter Venkman when they start shooting "Ghostbusters 3," IndieWire reports. "No, I can tell you he won't be involved," Aykroyd stated. "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."

Well, we can't argue with you there.

Murray has been lukewarm on the idea of a third installment for ages, which is probably a large part of why it hasn't already been made — but still, fans were hoping he'd come around. His spoof of himself and the film in "Zombieland" alone was enough to get the younger gang on board with him jumping back in. (However, that may not have been Murray's intention with that scene).

Regardless of Murray's reasoning, Aykroyd attests the film is moving forward with a new writer, "Men in Black 3" scribe Etan Cohen, and will be in production next year. He's been saying "next year" for a few years, though, so we're not going to hold our breath just yet, so maybe there's still time for Murray to change his mind.

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