Bill Murray is not obligated to star in the project known as "Ghostbusters 3". Many Ghostbuster fans have made it very clear that they don’t even want to see another sequel. Regardless of this, Sony and Columbia Pictures continue to march forward for a third installment of the franchise.
The new movie, which has been in development for several years now, would bring Ivan Reitman back behind the camera, with Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson returning to bust some ghosts (and pass along the torch), alongde Rick Moranis and gourney Weaver (depending on what source you believe; and take into conderation the years of development could cause players to get cold feet).
And thanks to the team’s failed attempts dedication to bring Bill Murray back into the fold as Dr. Peter Venkman, the project has been in development hell for the better part of a decade. What’s interesting though is the roundabout news that, once again, Sony is looking to do "Ghostbusters 3" as an animated film, a source excluvely revealed to BloodyDisgusting.com. This was the original plan back in 2007, which eventually resulted in the 2009 video game.
Whether you blame Murray for stringing everyone along and not giving a flat “no” (though it seems he has done this several times), or you point your finger at Aykroyd and Reitman for agreeing accepting that string – it seems the damage to the project might be permanent. In the end, it looks like they may go with “Plan Z,” which would entail animating the feature and bringing the cast in for a few days of voice work. If I were a gambling man, I’d say Murray couldn’t turn down a masve paycheck for one day of work. (Cameron Diaz earned $3 million for Shrek, $10 million for Shrek 2, and a disturbing $30 million for Shrek The Third.)