Since the only consistent, concrete news about the status of Ghostbusters 3 is Bill Murray’s vehement denial that it’s coming together in the slightest, it’s pretty unlikely that we’re going to be seeing another Ghostbusters sequel anytime soon.
“It’s all a bunch of crock,” the comedy legend told GQ. “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.”
The movie in question? Year One, perhaps one of 2009’s biggest box office bombs. But don’t mistake Ramis’ Jack Black and Michael Cera vehicle as an unsung cult comedy—the movie was painfully unfunny. When that movie tanked, one can presume, so did Office writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg’s chance to revive the dormant series, possibly forcing Sony Pictures to go back to the proverbial drawing board.
“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,” Murray said. “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.”
Murray went on to admit that although he’s been standoffish in the past, he’s surprisingly warmed up to the idea of once again reprising his role as ghost-nabbing parapsychologist Peter Venkman in another Ghostbusters film.
“I was down in Austin at South by Southwest, and you go at it hard down there—fun but, man, you need to sleep for days afterwards,” the notoriously reclusive actor explained. “Anyhow, I got into it one night with a bunch of younger people who were like, ‘Oh, I love Peter Venkman! I grew up with Peter Venkman!’ We got to talking, and the more we talked about it, the more I thought, ‘Oh Christ, I should just do this thing.’”
I, for one, hope he gets the chance someday. Click here to read the full interview.