The saga of Bill Murray and the threequel in the ‘Ghostbusters’ franchise has been ongoing but the most recent reports indicate that the whole ordeal is now over. According to Comic Book Movie, Dan Aykroyd has confirmed that the production of ‘Ghostbusters 3’ will move forward with or without the beloved Murray’s involvement.

Previously, Bill Murray had been teasing that he would get involved if the new one was up to par with the originals. As long as it was “really funny”, the actor told David Letterman that they’d “try again”. Then, ‘Men In Black 3’ writer Etan Cohen jumped on to give the script by the ‘Bad Teacher’ team of Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky a rewrite, so signs pointed to all parties being all in. But now, Aykroyd is confirming that Murray is still not on board.

“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.”

That is such a bummer, but I guess passing the torch doesn’t have to involve the entire original team. It would be nice to get Peter Venkman back, but we can’t always get what we want. And despite the lack of involvement from one of the most integral parts of the series, Dr. Raymond Stantz is still optimistic about the project.

“We’ve got a brilliant new writer on it and we’ll be passing the torch onto a [new] generation. We’re working on it to make it just right to satisfy our fans. I’m confident we’ll be in production in the next year. We’ve got the studio on side. We’ve tried a few concepts which weren’t right but now we’ve got a good structure and will make it happen.”

What will a ‘Ghostbusters’ film without Bill Murray be like? Would it be better to just leave it at two movies? I’m into the idea of passing the torch, but I don’t want it to be a studio just milking money out of a franchise. What do you think? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.