Bill Murray on why the 'Ghostbusters 3' script is gathering dust: Blame 'Ghostbusters 2'

bill-murrayImage Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.comThe song and dance has gone on for more than a decade: They’re going to make Ghostbusters 3! Bill Murray’s not interested. They’re going to relaunch the Ghostbusters with all new actors! All new actors? Why? They’re going to make another Ghostbusters with the original guys, but kill off Peter Venkman? Yeah, thanks, but I already saw ‘Zombieland.’ They’re finally going to make this movie, with the old guys handing the proton packs to a new generation of Ghostbusters! Great. Fine. Has anyone heard from Murray since the AT&T Pro-am?

Actually, Murray still hasn’t read the most current version of the Ghostbusters 3 script. He told Howard Stern this week that it’s collecting dust somewhere nearby, but he also hinted at the reason that he’s been so elusive and noncommittal about resurrecting the franchise. “About five years after we did the first one, the clever agents got us all together in a room [for the sequel],” Murray told Stern, in a long telephone interview. “And we really are funny together — they are funny people, Harold [Ramis] and Danny [Aykroyd] and myself — and it was Ivan [Reitman] and maybe one or two other people, and we were just really kind of blindlingly funny for about an hour or so. And the agents, there was this foam coming off of them, they had this pitch and Danny and Harold had already concocted some sort of story idea. It was a story, and it was a good story. I think I’d already read one or two that Danny rolled out before that, but this one was a good one. I said okay, we could do that one…. And [Ghostbusters 2] didn’t end up the way it was presented.”

So Murray wasn’t cool with the sewers of pink slime either. I get it. But doesn’t the statute of limitations on bad movie experiences expire after 20 years? I don’t need there to be another Ghostbusters movie, but I wish Murray would stop crossing up everyone’s streams. Just do it. Or not.

The worse that could possibly happen to Murray if he makes the film is that he’ll be artistically unfulfilled. But he’d still reconnect with some really funny guys he’s shared a professional lifetime with, and he’ll be able to buy Augusta National with his share of the profits. Plus, the film is critic-proof. As bad as it might be, I guarantee that the critics single out Murray’s performance, no matter how small, as the best part of the film. Am I wrong?

I’m conflicted on another Ghostbusters film, but I hope Murray says yes to it because maybe then, saying yes will become a habit. There’s no greater star in my book than Bill Murray, and I’m weary of chasing him everywhere but on the big screen.

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  • james

    i thought this was happpening?

    • sethdellinger

      Somebody didn’t read the article?

      • Bloke

        Why is everyone speaking in questions?

      • Bobby Brown

        Let’s do this!

        (Ernie Hudson and I need the money)

    • Your Queen

      james = donkey

      • correction

        You mean:
        jame = donkey
        ?

      • Mairis

        How can I join your team? Seriously, I am the world’s worst (or best, depending on your pitepecrsve) about correcting typos. I hold a red pen in my hand when reading the newspaper or a novel.I need a job and I would be perfect for your organization.-Carol210.391.7099I’ll be waiting.

  • LOL

    Maybe a quality Ghostbusters 3 could wash away the stench of GB2? That might be a reason to do it.

    • Thom

      Ivan Reitman wants to cast Ashton Kutcher in the movie. Eh…

      I think we should all just enjoy the classic original Ghostbusters the way it was and move on already.

      • SXiPPY

        If Ashton Kutcher were going to be in it, I could see why Bill Murray would dodge the chance to bust ghosts again. However, I heard Anna Faris was being eyed to join the team as a new member. I think she and Bill would make for a good comedic teaming if both were to commit to the film.

      • Thommy

        Make it so, Mr. Murray!

        Cool, another Thom who keeps the “H!”

  • Venkman

    Ghostbusters 3 bad or not will be a money grab

    • BG

      Money grab or not, if it’s a good movie, who cares it’s a money grab?

    • dom

      All big budget Hollywood movies are money grabs. Hollywood producers aren’t looking to break even or lose money.

  • MultiPass

    He’s worried about artistry? I doubt it. More like hard work. How could it be any worse than 75% of his movies? he does not exactly have a perfect record. It’s probably just too much work to do a major feature these days and he’s old and lazy because suck ups like you got him to believe his own bs.

  • DJ Wood

    Um…what was wrong with Ghostbusters 2? I love it!

    • Skip182

      ^This.

    • Kimberly

      You’re not alone, I love ghostbusters 2 also. I never understood why people hated it so much, it’s fun movie to watch and I always enjoyed it growing up.

      • i think

        psychoreactive slime? and the city’s in danger bc all the people in nyc are so nasty and mean? you think this makes a good movie? it was fun to watch cause the actors were fun, but the actual premise? not so great.

      • @ i think

        The actual premise was Ghosts…what did you expect? A huge Stay Puft Marshmallow Man representing Gozer the Gozerian, Gozer the Destructor, Volguus Zildrohar, Gozer the Traveler and Lord of the Sebouillia….oh, right.

    • Zoe

      Add me. I love Ghostbusters 2. Yes, it is cheesy fun but at least it had the entire original cast and some very quoteable lines. Certainly NOT a terrible sequel–I can think of far worse ones.

      • Slimed

        I always love GB 2. I think it could be better anyway if they stuck with the original idea of the script (I still wondering why it had so many deleted scenes…)

      • Ali

        LOVE what you are doing! I am also on a tear about grammatically inecorcrt language! Ex: refer back irregardless anyways . meet UP with I could go on and on. In fact I have been working on a small manuscript. In terms of misspellings the word judgment is spelled judgement often. NO ONE knows how to use lie and lay . Even Dr. Phil insists you need to go lay down. I say, Lay WHAT down? Thanks for your hard work even though it may be thankless.It bothers me tremendously that our language, spelling, and punctuation has declinedin a major way since I was a young woman! Carry on!!! Sincerely, Pat Friend

    • Dirk

      Definately don’t add me to the (hopefully)small list of people that liked Ghostbusters 2. Bill Murray is right, it sucked.

    • HD

      The only thing I didn’t like about the sequel was the little guy from Ally McBeal, other than that, I think it’s a fun movie.

      • Sue1

        “Why am I dripping with goo?”
        One of the best parts of the movie.

      • JSmith

        why not? he was funny “why are you came?”

    • agent57

      From what I’ve heard the main complaint is that it’s basically a plot retread of the first one… which is true, but I still love it.

    • Brian

      I liked it too. It was weird that the city stopped believing that the Ghostbusters were legitimate, but that’s my only real issue with the movie. The emotion-slime fits perfectly in with the off-kilter Ghostbusters world.

    • California

      I liked this movie a lot when I was a kid too! Not sure why people don’t like it, it was entertaining. Also, I cannot hear that song “You’re love is lifting me higher…” without thinking of a dancing toaster lol

  • Summer

    He voiced Garfield in that horrible movie.

    Now he has standards?

    • Chris

      Good point. But he probably made a buttload of cash for very little work on that one.

      • dee123

        The second Garfield movie also had Billy Connolly not being funny.

    • David

      No no no no no. He voiced Garfield in two horrible movies. The first one could have been an honest mistake, but there ain’t no excuse for “tale of two kitties.”

      • Summer

        ….they made a second one?!

    • orville

      Exactly. He couldn’t have been particularly artistically fulfilled in those movies either. At least he might have some fun with his friends on GB3, while picking up a nice paycheck.

  • Jamaaliver

    Somebody has to help end this obsession with turning beloved 80s properties into crappy 21st century movies. It appears that Bill Murray is that man.

    Thank you Bill. Thank you.

    • B

      I agree. Does anyone remember what Dan Ackroyd did to the Blues Brothers a decade ago?

  • Chaz Winterbottom

    Bill, the first Ghostbusters is a classic so ya got that going for you.

    • Carl

      …which is nice.

  • Chuck

    I am a huge Ghostbusters fan that is relieved to see Murray have the guts to take this stance. Let it rest in peace…or we’ll have another “Indiana Jones and the Search for the Missing Script” on our hands.

    • Wombat

      What stance? He’s just sitting on the scrip. If he doesn’t want to do it…fine, just say no. Then we don’t have to read a new article every two weeks asking if it’s going to happen or not. Yes or No is a stance. Not what he’s doing.

  • Michael Sacal

    I wouldn’t mind seeing an adaptation of Extreme Ghostbusters.

  • Nerwen Aldarion

    I saw Ghostbusters 2, the only funny part was when the Titanic parked on the streets of New York…but I’d like to see a Ghostbusters 3 if it was done right.

    • Stephanie

      “Well… Better late than never.” heehee. I’m giggling now.

    • Rich

      That would have been interesting, but it didn’t park on the street, it pulled up to the dock…

  • Brett

    Seriously, I’d rather see a “Frighteners 2″ than a “Ghostbusters 3.”

  • Glenn

    People, get over it. Bill and Danny and Harold have aged out of the roles. Their scenes would sit there like a lump of goo. Not to say these guys can’t still be making other movies, but as for GB3, do you really for one nanosecond think that they can recreate their comic timing and not have you thinking to yourself, “This is so sad….”? The comparisons to BG1 would be inevitable, and if you didn’t dig GB2, what gives you any hope that 20 years later this act would be sharp and funny? Creative talents – actors, directors, artists, musicians, writers – change, evolve, and move on as the years pass. Some keep the light burning, others fade out. Trying to recharge those batteries from GB1 is, while perhaps not a lost cause, is much more likely to be a simple embarrassment.

  • Jed

    Yet again, Hollywood is running out of good ideas.

    • Brian

      How is a movie sequel any different than watching multiple episodes of a tv series?

  • midas328

    I really like “GB2,” but that may be because Comedy Central was running it on an almost daily loop for a long time. But I think that if they just the classic cast’s chemistry play out, any film will be pretty good!

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