To be fair, Bill Murray has never pretended to be much of anything but skeptical about the idea of rumored-sequel-that-will-not-die Ghostbusters 3 since the idea popped up over 20 years ago. Even in a recent interview with Dave Letterman, Murray seemed to dismiss any passion left in him for the franchise as pitiable nostalgia than anything else.
Yet, as dedicated movie fans everywhere know all too well, Ghostbusters 3 is a project that just can’t make up its mind whether to live or die. Director Ivan Reitman may not want Columbia to replace him despite being past his prime, shooting might finally begin this year, Murray’s character Peter Venkman could die in the first few minutes and appear in the rest of the movie as a ghost- you’ve heard it all before. Seriously, if it wasn’t for Dan Aykroyd’s religious-like devotion to the idea of a third entry in the hit comedy-horror franchise, the project would’ve probably died years ago.
According to the folks over at Bloody Disgusting however, Murray continues to be perhaps the biggest obstacle preventing Ghostbusters 3 from getting anywhere. He has apparently not been answering phone calls from producers trying to get his approval on the screenplay. Given that Murray is one of the four big names (alongside Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ivan Reitman) that has final say on the script, the long-gestating project looks to be held up once again.
Aykroyd is having none of that. He reportedly called up his old acting pal Murray and told him to “stop acting like a jerk.” Aykroyd has been pushing for this project since the beginning so it’s no shock that he’s less than willing to just let it die now.
What do you folks think? Could Ghostbusters 3 potentially be worth all the trouble that’s gone on behind the scenes? Is Aykroyd right to call out Murray for just causing more drama? Or is it time to say farewell to the idea once and for all?
Ghostbusters 3 is still tentatively scheduled for Summer 2011 but I wouldn’t recommend holding your breath yet either.
Source: Bloody Disgusting