"For almost two years now, there's been talk about Sony doing a Ghostbusters 3, having hired writers and even picked a release date of summer 2011, but things started sounding shaky earlier this year when rumors started surfacing that the studio may no longer want to have Ivan Reitman direct it.
Then in March, Bill Murray, who had long been balking at doing a third movie, appeared on 'The David Letterman Show' and claimed that the thought of a third movie is his 'nightmare' and is just 'crazy talk'.
[At a press event for a new independent film, Murray talked about the potential for a third film.] 'You know, it’s really the studio starts this stuff,' he told us. '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? So supposedly someone was writing a script where I actually got killed in the first reel and became a ghost, which I thought, 'Well, that’s kind of clever anyway.' But then these guys that were supposedly the writers that were going to do it, they wrote a film that came out and people saw the film [possibly Year One] and went … 'We’re not going to do it after all, are we?' 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.'
When asked to clarify whether making the movie really would be a 'nightmare,' Bill Murray told us this, '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--it’s just become so irritating--but I actually heard people like, young people that really [heard] of the movie when they were kids and I thought, '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. Those people are some people that were really, you know, I miss them. I think that’s really a big part of it.'"
So, maybe if they can catch him in that good a mood, maybe he'll actually do it.
If they're really gonna pass the torch to a new team of Ghostbusters, it needs to be in the vein of Star Trek, because that's what works. Make them a vital part of the story, but when the plot kicks in have the new team step up to the plate to save the day.
Still, good luck getting Rick Moranis coming out of retirement. I think he hates Ghostbusters even more than Murray.
Here's the last time that Bill Murray has anything positive to do with Ghostbusters: 2009's hilarious horror-comedy Zombieland.
Then again, he really just did it as a favor to Woody Harrelson. But, as Nicolas Cage (... and Taylor Swift...) said, "You could've said no." (Cage says it in Ghost Rider and Swift has a song called "You Could've Said No".)