From the UK tabloid Metro comes word that Ghostbusters III might finally be getting off the ground, albeit sans Bill Murray. In a recent interview with the publication, Dan Aykroyd had a few choice things to say about the long-gestating third Ghostbusters film:

We’ve got a brilliant new writer on it and we’ll be passing the torch on to 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.

It’s sad [that Bill won’t be involved], but we’re passing it on to a new generation. Ghostbusters III 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.

The decision to get rid of writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky was made easy by the overwhelming failure (commercially and critically) of 2009’s “Year One,” but there’s been little movement since.

At this point it seems more like a reboot than a genuine sequel, but if the film indeed has the green light (as Mr. Aykroyd is implying), then it’s certainly a project to keep an eye on. Until we start to hear casting rumors, take this news with the usual grain of salt.

-J. Olson