The rumors surrounding Bill Murray’s hesitation to be involved with anything Ghostbusters 3 have been infamous through the years. Everything from him not reading the scripts, to him reading drafts and writing nasty refusals about them in responses. However, there has never really been anything concrete to validate any of these claims.
Well, director Ivan Reitman, who made the first two films has finally decided to clear the air about these Billy Murray rumors.
The director says that Bill Murray’s unwillingness to join Ghostbusters 3 has little to do with the franchise itself but the type of actor Murray is today.
“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.”
Reitman then goes on to explain that the project hasn’t even reached the magic it needs in order for it to be made yet.
“[I]f we can find a way to make a film that’s somewhat as magical as [Ghostbusters] finally turned out to be, then it’s worth making. If we can’t, then we probably won’t do it. And I think that’s really what’s been taking so damn long. We had a couple of scripts that were quite good, that we just didn’t think quite had it. And one of them was particularly centric to Bill, and we just couldn’t get him to read it. And so that one didn’t get made, even though it was pretty damn good. So we’ve been thinking of alternatives, and we’re actually making some real progress, and we’ll see what happens. That’s the most honest answer I can think of.”
As of right now, I don’t see Ghostbusters 3 ever being made. Especially, with how much issues the third film has had so far just in development alone. I do believe at one point in time, a third film had a chance for success but that time has passed. Maybe, it’s time to move on from Ghostbusters 3? What do you think?
Check out the full video of Reitman’s comments below!