Ghostbusters 3 seems like a no-brainer in some ways. The previous two films were incredibly successful and in a celluloid landscape crowded with sequels, remakes, and reboots it’s obvious that Hollywood loves capitalizing on our nostalgia. Yet, development hell has proved a more formidable opponent for Egon, Ray, Peter, and Winston than any of their on-screen adversaries.
Bill Murray has never been shy about his thoughts on Ghostbusters 3. Originally he wanted no part of it and then famously joked that he’d only do it if Venkman were a ghost. Murray wasn’t being serious, but the writers unfortunately went ahead and implemented that idea into their script anyways.
Murray has famously been something of an albatross for this project – he didn’t answer phone calls when they needed his approval on the script and told David Letterman that all of the speculation surrounding the film was “just crazy talk.” Yet, this past April Murray indicated that he may have had a change of heart and said that Ghostbuster 3 might be fun to do.
Apparently that sentiment was short-lived. When asked about the film in an interview with GQ, Murray responded:
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.
While Dan Aykroyd remains the film’s most passionate supporter and apparently recently told Murray to “stop acting like a jerk”, the actor’s waning enthusiasm isn’t the only road block Ghostbusters 3 is currently facing. The age of director Ivan Reitman is reportedly an issue so disconcerting to the studio that it may delay the project indefinitely. Personally, I think the bigger issue is that he hasn’t made a decent film in two decades.
I have no doubt that we’ll see another Ghostbusters film at some point. Even Murray admits that it’s an important franchise to the studio. At this point though I wouldn’t be at all surprised if after another couple of setbacks they decide to do a remake or reboot instead. The plot of Ghostbusters 3 already involved the old characters passing the torch to a new generation…
A lot of fans have been disappointed in Murray’s reluctance to get on board but let’s be honest – are his reservations that different from our own? There hasn’t been much information on this project that leads me to believe it’s on the right track. I love the first film and for years I anticipated another sequel, but it’s getting to the point where I’d almost prefer that they just let it go.
Obviously that’s not going to happen, so fans may want to start considering which would sting more: another inferior sequel or a complete reboot of the series.
Murray is always an entertaining interview so check out the full GQ piece for more details on Ghostbusters 3 as well as an absolutely hilarious story about how he came to be involved with Garfield and the making of that film.