Bill Murray Still Hasn’t Gotten Around to Reading the Ghostbusters 3 Script
Everyone involved in making Ghostbusters 3 is waiting on Bill Murray to read the script and give it the thumbs up. The entire project hangs in the balance, and Murray could truly not give a shit. It’s amazing. Here’s what he had to say about it yesterday to Howard Stern:
STERN: Is it true that there is a “Ghostbusters 3” and you’re the problem? You will not sign off on this? Do you know about this?
MURRAY: Yeah, I guess I’m the problem. Before I was an asset and now I’m the problem. There’s a script somewhere over there. Over there there’s a script and I haven’t read it yet.
STERN: Why haven’t you read it? Because you think it’s a bullshit idea? In other words, Ghostbusters had its time and you did a remarkable job with that, and you’ve moved on?
MURRAY: There’s a little bit of that. You know, I only made one sequel, “Ghostbusters II,” and it didn’t end up the way it was presented. About five years after we did the first one, the clever agents got us all together in a room, and we really are funny together. I mean they are funny people – Harold and Danny and myself, and it was Ivan and maybe one or two other people. And we were just blindingly funny for about an hour or so. And the agents, there was just foam coming off of them. And so they had this pitch and Danny and Harold had already concocted some sort of story idea, and it was a story, it was a good story. I think I had even already read one or two that Danny rolled out before that, but this one was a good one. I said, “OK, we can do that one.” It was just kind of fun to have all of us together. I mean Moranis, Rick Moranis and Annie Potts. These people, they’re just sterling people to begin with.
STERN: So how do you go back and really make another? Does Ivan want to make that film?
MURRAY: Yeah, Ivan wants to make it and I owe him and he’s puzzled that I haven’t gotten to this one.
STERN: How long has it been sitting on your desk, this script for Ghostbusters?
MURRAY: Well, it may not be on the desk; it’s over there somewhere. How long? I don’t know.
STERN: So you’re never going to read it.
STERN SIDEKICK ROBIN QUIVERS: So you have no interest.
MURRAY: Well, I’ll get to it. I gotta get to it. I feel badly. I got a message. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings but it’s not the foremost thing in my mind right now, so I don’t think about it. You know what, the studio gets excited about it every 10 years or so or it seems like, and they read it. Because what they’d really like to do is recreate the franchise, you know? I remember once upon a time it was going to be, “And the new Ghostbusters will be Chris Rock, Chris Farley and Chris Crane or Kris Kringle.” Or someone. They had it together.
STERN: Is that a threat to you? In other words, do they try to threaten you by saying, “We’re going to put together a new Ghostbusters, and therefore you guys will have to go do it?”
MURRAY: It’s not a threat. It’s sort of businesslike. They’d like to keep it going. I mean, it’s still an amazing … there’s still kids today that watch this movie. They still sell a lot of toys and everything.
You can’t help but love this guy, right? There’s a ton more transcript over at Ain’t It Cool News, full of more amazing stuff like this. Get to it!