For the last couple of years there’s been a lot of talk about a third “Ghost Busters” film finally going into production to reboot the franchise.
A screenplay co-written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (The Office, “Year One”) has been completed, most of the principle actors are slated to return (even Rick Moranis is reportedly coming out of retirement to be involved), and original series director Ivan Reitman is attached to helm the project, but there’s one major hold-out: Bill Murray.
Reitman told comingsoon.net: “We have a really good script, but Bill (Murray) has to read it. He hasn’t read it. There has been all kinds of chatter online about him reading it and not liking it.”
If Murray doesn’t like it and bows out then the project is dead because Sony has refused to finance the film’s $150 million dollar budget unless the actor is involved.
That makes sense – I mean, would anybody want to see a “Ghost Busters” movie without Murray in it?
I wrote last summer that “it’s telling that Murray has dismissed talk of “Ghostbusters 3” as “a bunch of crock” because he seems happy where he is now – in small budget indie films.”
Despite voicing a CGI-ed Garfield and a cameo in “Zombieland”, Murray has been mainly hiding out at the art house in such films as “The Life Acquatic”, “The Limits Of Control”, and “Get Low”.
At one point however Murray said he’d only do a “Ghost Busters” sequel if his character Peter Venkman was killed off in the first reel and spent the rest of the film as a ghost.
Although that’s not a bad idea, the prospect of a sequel doesn’t seem very promising to me.
Sequels to beloved ’80s movies have been a very mixed bag, and “Ghost Busters” already had a lame follow-up in 1989’s “Ghost Busters 2”.
Dan Aykroyd has been the biggest champion of the long gestating “Ghost Busters” update. A recent Associated Press interview promoting “Yogi Bear” revealed that his work ethic appears to be diametrically opposed to Murray’s in that he said he will not work on low-budget independent films with untested directors.
There’s also the case of Harold Ramis and Murray having had an unspecified falling out almost 2 decades ago – the last project they worked on together was “Groundhog Day” in 1993.
Can these actors work together again to make a successful and worthy “Ghost Busters” movie?
I’m doubtful, but if it does come to pass I predict that the fanboys will come out in full force to see it, but I bet, much like with Indiana Jones, they’ll come to bury “Ghost Busters 3”, not to praise it.
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