Bill Murray officially confirms Ghostbusters return
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Bill Murray finally confirmed to return as Dr Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters 2020

After endless speculation, it has finally been confirmed that Bill Murray will reprise his role of Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters 2020.

Jason Reitman, whose father Ivan directed the first two hit movies, has been announced as the director for the new Ghostbusters sequel which will be a continuation of the iconic 1984 original. That film, which famously starred the likes of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, and Ernie Hudson, will have some returning faces in 2020.

There will be one obvious omission, of course, as Harold Ramis will be missing after he sadly passed away in 2014. When the conversation turned to Ramis, Hudson said: “We miss Harold, because Harold was really the glue that I think held everybody together.

“He was always my go-to point and anything that was a little bit weird, or whatever, Harold was the guy who would sort of say, ‘Ernie, just…’ and explain the world to me. And I miss him, but his spirit is there.”

In more positive news though, Murray has been confirmed for the sequel alongside Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts.

Speaking about the new picture, Murray’s co-star Aykroyd said: “Jason Reitman wrote a beautiful, heartfelt script that takes the real DNA from the first two movies and transfers that directly to the third, the next generation,” while in conversation with The Greg Hill Show. “It hands the legacy off to a new generation of stars, and players, and actors, and characters,” he added.

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The inclusion of Reitman as sees the film go full circle, the director appeared in the original film as a child actor with his father in charge: “I’ve always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan, when I was a six-year-old visiting the set. I wanted to make a movie for all the other fans,” Reitman told the Hollywood Reporter.

“This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day.”

There has been no word on any plot details as of yet but Reitman has clear vision: This is very early, and I want the film to unwrap like a present. We have a lot of wonderful surprises and new characters for the audience to meet,” he said.

The film is being rebooted by Sony and production will begin in the summer.

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