Out promoting his new film, Get Low, Bill Murray sat down to answer 5 questions for MovieFone.ca – talk of New York movies lead, naturally, to Ghostbusters;
4. What’s your favorite movie set in New York?
‘Ghostbusters.’ Sure, why not? I was in it. It was great. There’s a scene where Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson drive across the Brooklyn Bridge and they go, “Judgment day.” And that’s the coolest scene in any movie that ever took place in New York. It’s just wonderful to watch. And then they pull away and you see this big town in the background and these guys are heading right into the heart of the monster. What I really love about New York is that the first time I came, I think I came from the airport, and when you drive [from John F. Kennedy International Airport], there’s a massive graveyard that you see just before, and there’s New York. And I always say to people, those are the people that didn’t make it [laughs]. They just threw them over here and then buried them.
5. Is ‘Ghostbusters 3’ ever happening?
No, it’s ridiculous. That’s an absolutely — that’s just a horrible rumor. It’s like illegitimate children in Antarctica, it’s ridiculous. … Mind you, we only made two, and the first one was still the better one, so another one wouldn’t seem to be any better. The studio wants to make it because they can re-create the franchise and put new Ghostbusters in it. That’s what it’s about.
This does not mean Ghostbusters 3 is not still being actively pursued, despite Murray referring to it as a “rumor” – we know for a fact Sony is actively working on it, something Bill even admits in the same paragraph where he called it a rumor. Basically, it’s more of Murray griping about the possibility of the movie getting made. Which is a shame – it seems like the production was prepared to bend over backwards to accommodate him and he still doesn’t want to see it move ahead.
Thanks to Hayden for the heads up. C’mon, Bill! Don’t be a party pooper!
Bill had more to say on the subject when speaking to ComingSoon.net on the same Get Low press tour.
“You know, it’s really the studio starts this stuff,” he told us. “They start saying ‘Ghostbusters.’ They want to do (it) and it’s really the world of sequels and bringing these things back again, and then some wiseacre said, ‘Hey, we got a couple of new writers who are gunna write something.’ And I thought, ‘Oh, well, maybe there’ll be some writers’ and there was always this joke, sort of a half-true, half-joke thing like, ‘Well, I’ll do it if you kill me off in the first reel.’ That was my joke, you know? So supposedly someone was writing a script where I actually got killed in the first reel and became a ghost, which I thought, ‘Well, that’s kind of clever anyway.’ But then these guys that were supposedly the writers that were going to do it, they wrote a film that came out and people saw the film* and went… ‘We’re not going to do it after all, are we?’ So it’s just a kind of a dreamy thing. They want to create a new generation of Ghostbusters, you know? They’d just like us to pass the torch.” (*Presumably that was Harold Ramis’ last movie Year One.)
When asked to clarify whether making the movie really would be a “nightmare,” Bill Murray told us this: “Well, it’s true, but we made a great movie and then we made another one, you know? So we went to the well twice and it’s almost impossible to do the second movie as well. Only horror movies get better as they go along because they have more money to spend for more crazy effects. I actually thought the other day–it’s just become so irritating–but I actually heard people like, young people that really [heard] of the movie when they were kids and I thought, ‘You know, maybe I should just do it. Maybe it’d be fun to do.’ Because the guys are funny and I miss [Rick] Moranis and Annie [Potts] and Danny. Those people are some people that were really, you know, I miss them. I think that’s really a big part of it.”