We already knew that Bill Murray—who is now a serious actor playing FDR and all—was not going to do what might end up being an ill-fated return to the world of Ghostbusters. But now, in an interview with Esquire, Dan Aykroyd says that, had Bill Murray signed on to a script written by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg of The Office two years ago, the movie would "be out this summer, and it would be a massive hit." Nope, Aykroyd doesn't sound at all bitter:
If Billy had said yes, it would have satisfied his performance and what he wanted in the movie, it would have satisfied his performing skill and how he wanted to be depicted in the movie, it would have satisfied the studio, the writers who wrote it, everybody — Ivan, me, Harold, we were all happy with it.
But don't worry. If Murray's Oscar bid fails (which it's looking like it might) and he has a change of heart, Aykroyd will welcome him back into the club. Now it's just a matter of making a reboot of the franchise happen—something that Aykroyd said is best done by the "picture company" (his words) sooner rather than later, before all the big guys still up for it... up and disappear.