Over the last year we have seen non stop updates, rumors and online back and forth on whether or not Bill Murray will reprise his role in Ghost Busters 3. The last update and the few updates before that have all been pretty clear that Bill Murray will NOT come back. The big question many might have is why?
Ivan Reitman recently was at the Bell Lightbox and shared some insights on why he thinks Bill wont return and candidly its pretty much spot on. Ivan said in the interview, via Slashfilm;
Bill Murray has never actually read anything. He may have read ten pages at some point, but he’s never read a script. But he’s never been interested, either. That part is true. It wasn’t Ghostbusters in particular, it’s just, he’s been carrying on his life in a different way, in terms of the kind of parts that he’s wanted to pursue.
I mean, he’s a really brilliant actor, comedian, personality. I’ve worked with him now five times, and I would love to work with him again. I’d hope that he could be in this film. He could be, he might not be, I really don’t know.
Ivan really is spot on in his comments. Bill Murray unlike the rest of the cast has really built a career and a reputation for greatness. Ghostbusters 3 would not exactly raise his profile. That said it would be fantastic for old school fans like myself to see the old gang back together again.
Dan Akroyd has long been lobbying to get Bill Murray on board with very little success Recently, 3news.co.nz caught up with Dan Aykroyd in regards to the long talked about Ghostbusters sequel.
Well, Billy is welcome to come in. He hasn’t committed, of course we have a hole for him there and a portal for him to walk through if he wants to. We are very close now to getting it together to start casting and hiring people.
And without Bill involved, Aykroyd continues with;
You don’t need anyone from the first one. You don’t, it’s so strong without it. You get a new generation in there, new plot, use some of the particle physics, get a new Ecto, you don’t need to go back to the past.
Dan is quite right in his statements. Ghostbusters 3 would probably be a better movie if the principal characters are not the same ones from the original films and the plans it seems are to do just that, introduce a whole slew of new character. Etan Cohen is currently rewriting the script and the plot which Dan Akyroyd revealed on Larry King Now ( via STYD ) is as follows;
It’s based on new research that’s being done in particle physics by the young men and women at Columbia University,” he tells King. “…Basically, there’s research being done that I can say that the world or the dimension that we live in, our four planes of existence, length, height, width and time, become threatened by some of the research that’s being done. Ghostbusters — new Ghostbusters — have to come and solve the problem.
What are your thoughts on Ghostbusters 3? Are you interested? Would you like to see a new cast or the age old champions of the original returning to fight ghosts in their retirement age?