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Dan Aykroyd Lays Down "Ghostbusters 3" Ultimatum

Michael Tullberg/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It's now or never. Dan Aykroyd, the self-proclaimed “cheerleader” behind a long-brewing attempt to get the Ghostbusters franchise back into theaters, sat down with Esquire for a lengthy and candid interview this week regarding the status of Ghostbusters 3.

The bottom line? Time is running out.

Addressing the studio heads at Sony, Aykroyd said that 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.”

He suggested that if the film were not green-lit within “three or four months,”  the deal would be off the table.

The rights to the Ghostbusters franchise are part-owned by Sony, Aykroyd, director Ivan Reitman, co-writer Harold Ramis and Bill Murray.

Murray has held out from signing on to the third film for the past few years. Aykroyd hinted in the interview that Murray may have “abrogated his rights” when he declined to star in Ghostbusters 3,  forfeiting his need to sign-off on the film’s green-light.

In the interview, Aykroyd revealed details of a previous, scrapped draft of the third film, which would have seen Murray as a ghost. Murray was being written out of the later drafts, but Aykroyd said they’ll “always leave a hole for him. He’s always there. He can always come back at any time and be rebuilt into it, as far as I’m concerned.”

For all setbacks incurred, Aykroyd remains hopeful.

“At this point, I think we’re closer than we ever have been” he told Esquire.

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Dan Aykroyd: "Ghostbusters 3" Will Live -- Without Bill Murray

Michael Tullberg/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ghostbusters series co-writer/creator Dan Akyroyd says after myriad delays, a third film will be getting underway -- without Bill Murray.

Much of the hand-wringing on the project stemmed from Murray's hesitance to get aboard the threequel, and in a new interview with MetroUK, Aykroyd says the train has left the station.

"I can tell you he won't be involved," he tells the website.

"It's sad but we're passing it on to a new generation," Aykroyd explains.  "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."

Will fans accept a Ghostbusters movie without Murray's wisecracking parapsychologist Dr. Peter Venkman?  Aykroyd thinks so.

"[N]ow 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," he says.

Simply put, he says, "It's time to make the third one."

Aykroyd adds, "I'm confident we'll be in production in the next year."

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