All the talk of Ghost Busters 3 have been resting on the flippant attitude of one Bill Murray. Apparently there was some deal written way back that said they wouldn’t do another Ghost Busters film unless the three principal actors and director Ivan Reitman would direct.
So far everyone is on board except Bill Murray. They even re-wrote the script to have his character a ghost after one of his offhanded comments suggested he would only do it if Venkman was a ghost.
Now he has come forward with a statement that seems to suggest undeniably that he is out for good.
It’s all a bunch of crock. It’s a crock.
He elaborated by saying that the critical and commercial failure of fellow Ghostbuster Harold Ramis’ film Year One had a negative impact on Ghostbusters 3:
Harold Ramis said, Oh, I’ve got these guys, they write on The Office, and they’re really funny. They’re going to write the next Ghostbusters. And they had just written this movie that he had directed. Year One. Well, I never went to see Year One, but people who did, including other Ghostbusters, said it was one of the worst things they had ever seen in their lives. So that dream just vaporized. That was gone.
So while Bill Murray wasn’t moved to change his mind by Dan Akroyd publicly saying “stop acting like a jerk” it looks like Bill has put his foot down and will stick to his “no sequels” rule (except for Garfield which he did for the “challenge” and a paycheque)
What I don’t get is why Bill is trying to stop the film outright? If he feels this strongly about not doing it, why don’t they just write him off completely and just get him to sign off his rights to the franchise. That way the remaining Busters can get to making this movie before Reitman dies of old age.
Worst of all, the new script looks to delicately handle a passing of the torch to introduce a new generation of Ghost Busters as the original gang is getting “too old for this shit”
So why doesn’t he just walk away instead of delaying it? He doesn’t want to do it, and doesn’t want to be involved… so go on without him.
He will be missed, but I would rather they take a shot at it instead of all this wonder what it might have been like if Bill Murray’s ego didn’t hold the whole thing up.