Promoting the release of the Fantastic Mr. Fox DVD (already?), Bill Murray sat down with the UK’s Mail On Sunday and talked a lot of topics, capping it off with a couple of comments about Ghostbusters.
I’ll come back in Ghostbusters III only if I get to be a ghost. I said to them, ‘I’ll do it if you kill me off in the first reel.’ So now they are going to have me as a ghost in the film.
The first 45 minutes of the original Ghostbusters is some of the funniest stuff ever made. The second one was disappointing, because the special-effects guys took over. I had something like two scenes – and they’re the only funny ones in the movie.
For the moment, it looks as if someone has told Murray he’ll get his old wish to be killed off in the film. It doesn’t seem the best idea, but if you’re handing the series off to a new team anyhow, keeping Murray around might not be a priority (especially at his salary level.)
Assuming then Murray isn’t just playing some sort of strategy, he certain makes it sound like he’ll be back as a ghost.
Thanks to Tyler, Steven, et al for the emails