Coming Soon caught up with Bill Murray at a press day for his latest indie flick Get Low and managed to get some information concerning the long-gestating Ghostbusters 3 sequel from the man who’s long been rumored to be the main culprit responsible for holding up development on the project.

Murray – along with Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and director Ivan Reitman – has to sign-off on any potential Ghostbusters 3 scripts before production can get underway.  So far it seems that Murray is the one member of the original Ghostbusters team whose approval for the sequel has not yet been attained by Columbia Pictures – something that Aykroyd in particular is reportedly a bit peeved about.

But how much of the halabaloo surrounding Ghostbusters 3 – whether it’s the rumors about Reitman being too old or the fate of Murray’s character Peter Venkman – is real?

Well, here’s what Murray had to say:

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“You know, it’s really the studio starts this stuff.  They start saying ‘Ghostbusters.’ They want to do [it] and it’s really the world of sequels and bringing these things back again, and then some wiseacre said, ‘Hey, we got a couple of new writers who are gonna write something.’ And I thought, ‘Oh, well, maybe there’ll be some writers’ and there was always this joke, sort of a half-true, half-joke thing like, ‘Well, I’ll do it if you kill me off in the first reel.’ That was my joke, you know?”

Well, according to Murray, there was actually a draft of the Ghostbusters 3 screenplay written up that killed his character off early – a move that he admits was “kind of clever anyway.” However, he made no mention of whether that is still the case with the script in its current form.

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But what light does Murray have to shed on the state of the project now?

” So it’s just a kind of a dreamy thing. They want to create a new generation of Ghostbusters, you know? They’d just like us to pass the torch.”

Out with the old, in with the new?

But would making Ghostbusters 3 be the “nightmare” that Murray referred to it as on his Letterman appearance a few months back?

Well, here’s his simple – albeit ambiguous – answer:

“Well, it’s true, but we made a great movie and then we made another one, you know? So we went to the well twice and it’s almost impossible to do the second movie as well. Only horror movies get better as they go along because they have more money to spend for more crazy effects. I actually thought the other day… ‘You know, maybe I should just do it. Maybe it’d be fun to do.’ Because the guys are funny and I miss [Rick] Moranis and Annie [Potts] and Danny [Aykroyd]. Those people are some people that were really, you know, I miss them. I think that’s really a big part of it.”

So yeah – Murray sounds less like a curmudgeonly old-timer and more like someone who wonders if making a return to the Ghostbusters franchise is indeed worth it in the end.

What do you think?  Should Murray give his approval for Ghostbusters 3 – assuming everything looks good, that is?  Or should he just say no and let the project be laid to rest at long last?

As always, we’ll keep you posted on any Ghostbusters 3 related news as it comes in.

Source: Coming Soon