Bill Murray Calls Ghostbusters III Rumors "A Bunch of Crock"
07.21.10 by BJSprecher
Last year marked the 25th anniversary of the release of Ghostbusters and with a renewed interest in the movie came frequent talk of getting the original cast back together for Ghostbusters III. Back in June 2009, Harold Ramis, who co-wrote the original movie and starred as Dr. Egon Spengler, said that he wrote the story for Ghostbusters III with screenwriters Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (Year One) and that the original cast had agreed to return as mentors to a new group of young Ghostbusters. However, Bill Murray, who played Dr. Peter Venkman, recently told GQ that the rumors linking him to the movie, whether as a Ghostbuster or as a ghost of a Ghostbuster, are complete nonsense.
It's all a bunch of crock. It's a crock. There was a story — and I gotta be careful here, I don't want to hurt someone's feelings. When I hurt someone's feelings, I really want to hurt them. [laughs] Harold Ramis said, "Oh, I've got these guys, they write on The Office, and they're really funny. They're going to write the next Ghostbusters. And they had just written this movie that he had directed." ... Year One. Well, I never went to see Year One, but people who did, including other Ghostbusters, said it was one of the worst things they had ever seen in their lives. So that dream just vaporized. That was gone. But it's the studio that really wants this thing. It's a franchise. It's a franchise, and they made a whole lot of money on Ghostbusters.
It's unclear from Murray's comments whether he is speaking solely about his participation in the movie or if he is implying that the failure at the box office of Year One meant that Ghostbusters III was dead in the water. According to statements made by director Ivan Reitman in January, the script was still being tinkered with, but the plan was to begin shooting this year, with the movie to be released in 2011.