Ghostbusters 3 rumors have been steadily churned out for the past...oh, twenty years now. But when Bill Murray talks about it you know you're getting reliable information. Kind of. Well, he has once again spoken about the potential sequel that would make this franchise the holiest of trilogies, though he doesn't sound terribly hopeful.
Murray was at the International Film Festival for his new Wes Anderson-directed movie Fantastic Mr. Fox when he was asked about the chances of seeing a third Ghostbusters film in the near future. While he didn't rule out the possibility altogether, he was more ambivalent about the project than recent news would have us believe. We're constantly hearing about how most of the original cast is going to return, etc., but Murray emphasized it was all about the script:
Well I don't know, I'll believe it when I see it. Well you know, I saw guys talking about the end of the world a couple years ago, and I still haven't seen that either, so I'm not going to believe the Ghostbusters story until I see it. ...There's still no script, it's just a bunch of talk, it's just a wish list for someone. You know, until there's a really good script, I'll stay home and, you know, play Snook or whatever you do. It has to be a serious script before I leave the house.
He was also asked if the script was good would that mean he'd sign on, and he replied that the two sequels he's done haven't been the best films on his resume. He said that he felt the second Ghostbusters was worse than the first:
We made a second one, you know and it was okay but it wasn't as good as the first one. ...I've done two [sequels], I did two Garfield movies, and both sequels are problematic. It's much harder than the original.
These are not the words of a man who is solidly committed to a third Ghostbusters film, though that should actually be reassuring to fans. Just because a new script has been written doesn't mean it's a good idea to do it. The thought of Seth Rogen and a bunch of young actors that have nothing to do with the first two films taking over the franchise sounds, frankly, terrible.
Stick to your guns, Billy!
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