In a recent interview with Esquire mag, Dan Aykroyd has revealed a few interesting information about Bill Murray’s non-involvement with the making of Ghostbusters 3, and has also thrown down a challenge for Sony: make the film before it’s too late.
“I’ve worked on every draft in the last three years, as Ivan has,” says Aykroyd, “and now we have a story and a draft that everybody seems to agree would make the third movie. At this point, I think we’re closer than we ever have been.”
Originally, some contractual agreements required Bill Murray’s participation before the 3rd film in the franchise could be made, but Aykroyd reveals that there’s a small print in the contract that changes the situation:
“I’m not sure Billy [has to sign on] anymore, since he abrogated his rights by sort of saying, two years ago, “I don’t want to be involved.” The picture company I think had some clause in there that if he actually passed on the third of fourth offer, he no longer has a view of the franchise.
As for Aykroyd’s challenge to Sony:
“I’ll be moving on to other things, as will Ivan,” says Aykroyd. “We can’t wait forever. And now’s the time to tell the picture company, and I’d say this quite publically, it’s time now to sit down and make this movie, or you will lose your main principals, and you won’t be able to make it without us, because we have rights, and now is time to make the movie.”
Source: Esquire via TotalFilm.com