Bill Murray has seen the script… from across the room. [UPDATE]
Yesterday everything was aflutter online, as Ivan Reitman, while promoting his new film, No Strings Attached was asked (you can always see this coming) about Ghostbusters 3, to which he replies that Bill Murray has seen the script. Ashton Kutcher, Reitman’s No Strings star, jokes, “He’s seen the cover!” – This gives Ivan a chuckle before ending with “So… fingers crossed.” This was taken to mean Murray had read the script by most, but it turns out Ashton was closest to the truth.
While talking, quite frankly, with Howard Stern this morning, Murray talked about Ghostbusters 3
Howard Stern: Is it true that there is a Ghostbusters 3 and that you’re the problem and you will not sign off on this? Do you know about this?
Bill Murray: Yeah, I guess I’m the problem. Before I was an asset, [but] now I’m a problem. There’s a script somewhere [on my desk], but I haven’t read it yet.
Robin Quivers: So you have no interest?
BM: Well, I’ll get to it… I gotta get to it – I feel bad. I got a message and I think people – I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings – it’s not the foremost thing in my mind, so I don’t think about it.
You know, the studio gets excited every 10 years or so. What they’d really like to do is recreate the franchise. I remember when the new Ghostbusters was going to be Chris Rock, Chris Farley and Chris Crane… Kris Kringle… someone [laughs] – that had it together.
HS: Is that a threat to you? In other words, did 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?
BM: It’s not a threat, it’s sort of businesslike – they’d like to keep it going. There are still kids today that watch this movie and love it, it’s still very popular. They still sell a lot of toys and everything.
Thanks to Steven Hough and Hayden Gilbert for the links!