Ghostbusters 3 – More Blame on Bill Murray

Well, it’s a new week and you know what that means, right? You guessed it! More Ghostbusters 3 ridiculousness! This time once again Bill Murray is being fingered as the problem child. I mean why not, right? You have to blame somebody! Round and round we continue to go.

As per Deadline Hollywood:

This is too big a project to play games. “The studio won’t even think about [moving] forward on a $150 million film unless Bill has a closed deal and a commitment,” said an insider. “It’s too huge a risk to do any meaningful prep, hoping he shows up.”

It has been 21 years since the last Ghostbusters sequel, which wasn’t as good as the 1984 original and didn’t gross as much. Despite that, Sony Pictures Entertainment has tried over and over to scare up a new ghost comedy that would entice Murray and his compatriots Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis for another encore. It has gone long past the point when a studio hurries a sequel to capitalize on the momentum of the last film and nobody was going to hurry unless a good script made it worthwhile. Sony has proven adept at figuring out problem sequels: for years, Men in Black 3 seemed unmake-able because of the battles between director Barry Sonnenfeld and producer Walter Parkes, a prohibitive amount of first dollar gross committed, and the inability to agree on a creative direction. When a good script finally materialized, Sonnenfeld and Parkes made peace and talent traded first dollar gross for cash break deals. The picture is slotted for a May 25, 2012 release.

SPE thinks it has the same opportunity on Ghosbusters III because of the script by “The Office” writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. Murray had been aloof about Ghostbusters, but Aykroyd and Ramis felt a thaw after the cast got together a couple of years ago to work on a video game. Eisenberg and Stupnitsky delivered the goods, and Aykroyd, Ramis and Reitman added their own touches before sending the script to Murray. The script brings back the original cast, who pass the torch to newcomers, which sets up future installments.

When the mercurial Murray does turn up on a film set, it’s worth the wait. He’s generating Best Supporting Actor talk for his performance in Get Low, and he was a definite highlight of Sony’s Zombieland. But nobody envies a studio having to rely on him for such a big piece of business because Murray moves to the beat of his own drum. Even trying to get an answer on Murray’s thoughts conjures up the signature Ghostbusters line, ‘Who you gonna call?’ He has been without an agent for several years and doesn’t have a publicist. He has an attorney, but a call to his office was met with the curt reply that they don’t talk to reporters. Bottom line: a yes from Murray moves Ghostbusters III right into pre-production, with shooting to begin as fast as possible. If Murray says no, the film doesn’t have a ghost of a chance. No pressure, Dr. Peter Venkman.

Sigh. Here’s a bit of advice … that fanbase who really wants this movie? They can turn on you on a dime. Especially if you keep jerking them around. Food for thought.

Ghostbusters 3 - More Blame on Bill Murray

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  • DavidFullam

    Say no to it Mr. Murray, I beg you.

  • Vanvance1

    Murray is tremendously overrated. At a certain point when enough celebrity is coupled with enough insanity a man takes on more mystique than can ever be justified.

    Murray is moderately passable comic actor who has limited range. He is nothing special.

    I agree with what’s been said before. The first was classic, the 2nd was poor. While a 3rd could be a good idea that would only be the case with a great script that isn’t simply a rehash or a desperate attempt to create a franchise. The odds of that happening are slight at best, the only great mainstream Hollywood film I’ve seen in a year was Inception and that was controlled by a hugely talented director.

    • DeTuinman

      He might be overrated but he has more succses than any of the other GhostBusters…

      His humor is an aquired taste, I’ll give you that…not everything he does is gold.

      But you have to agree that the only people pointing at Murray are Ramis, Akroyd and Reitman…

      Sigourney Weaver is not desperate to be in part 3…cuz she has, like Murray, a great career….

      It’s not about liking Murray, it’s about 3 has beens wanting some fame again.
      But yeah…Murray does have a huge ego…

      The mind is like a parachute…it only works when it is open.

  • LifeMi

    I’m convinced Ghostbusters 3, if it ever does get made, will be a complete disaster given all the many, many problems and setbacks we’ve been hearing about.

  • PelusaMG

    The world has moved on… we don’t need the Ghostbusters anymore… Who you gonna call? Probably Oren Peli for starters!

  • DeTuinman

    This is all about money…
    Out of all major players from the og movie, Murray is the only one with a decent and prolific career.
    And the rest of the old crew is just trying to ride his parade..

    Reitman has’nt made a good movie in decades (Evolution anyone..?) same goes for Akroyd and Ramis…

    This movie will fail just like that sequel…why?
    Ghostbusters was not a kids movie, it was Stripes…with ghosts.
    If the third movie is a go it will be…
    1-A watered down kiddie flick…
    2-An American Pie styled teenie flick….

    Props to Murray.

    The mind is like a parachute…it only works when it is open.