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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.

Screen Rants has the full transcript.

Thanks to Steven Hough and Hayden Gilbert for the links!


  1. The best joke was when Stern asked him what he was going to be doing the rest of the day and he said he’d be looking for that GB3 script.
    He pretty much explained why this movie will suck. $ony is pushing it through and everyone is trying to guilt him into making it. Murray’s the only quality control this film has and it would suck if he did it because he didn’t want to hurt anyones feelings. The interview also touched on groundhog day and it’s odd Howard didn’t mention the Ramis and Murray problems and instead brought up Murray/Macdowell problems.

  2. I’ve been listening to the interview in segments throughout the day and finally just finished. Good conversation, though in true Stern fashion he asks Bill about his sex life multiple times which… eh… who cares, dude’s Bill Eff’ing Murray, we know that he gets more than us poor schlubs reading Proton Charging (okay, maybe not Chris because I hear that guy’s a tiger).

    It also drives me crazy how Robin always refers to Bill as “he” when she’s talking to the poor guy directly.

    But in terms of the Ghostbusters related material in the interview, he makes great points and I disagree a bit with the movie blogs’ observations that Murray says that he “owes Ivan Reitman.” I think he’s actually about to say that he “owes Reitman a call” – in the stereotypical Hollywood sense that material’s been submitted to him and he knows that he owes Reitman a response. His points about the original pitch meeting for Ghostbusters 2 being far different from the final product we saw on screen were interesting, and you can tell he’s using that as an anecdote for this film – sounds like he finds the concept to be funny he just wants to make sure that it’s being executed correctly. For that reason (and many, including those that he fesses to) he’s very clearly not in any hurry, and in my opinion that’s a good thing.

    He knows that it’s all a matter of business, he knows the studio wants that reinvigorated franchise (which is why he mentions them getting excited about relaunching it every ten years or so and cracks the Kris Kringle joke). While he infused some of his trademark humor, I think this is the most candid we’ve heard Murray speak on the subject and there’s not much cryptic room for interpretation in there. He’s not saying people are guilting him into doing it, he’s not saying that it’s an awful idea, he’s literally saying what he’s saying, “Haven’t read it yet, not exactly chomping at the bit to do so, I’m weary about it considering the road we’ve already traveled but know that it’s a strong business decision for a lot of people involved.”

    Again, I think Murray slowing things down and making sure that this has enough time to cook is a good thing. We don’t want a rushed, half-baked sequel where nobody says “no” to those involved, right? I saw Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I know where that road leads.

  3. Rawr.

  4. I think Bill wants to do it, but as others have said it has to be right. I know they’ll do it eventually in some shape or form. Hopefully they make a couple more video games too with all the actors voicing it. I think from what I read bill loved that part and you can see he cares about the franchise when dawning the suit for the Scream Awards. I think he just doesn’t like talking about it constantly. I know I would become frustrated and tired if I had to constantly talk about making GB3.

    I actually would like Sony not to make GB3, but restart the real ghostbusters series and start making new episodes. To me this would continue the legacy that I think Bill is wanting. To keep the characters going for years to come. I think doing it in the same artistic style in the 80s would be cool, but modernize the looks for this day and age. It could be either cartoon or computer animated. Also I would be all for a made for dvd or miniseries type RGB or having the actors voice 3d likeness like in the videogame as a Ghostbusters miniseries.

    I also would like GB3, but I could see these as many other options to make everyone happy.

  5. How could this reinvigorate the franchise if the original guys have to sign off on the sequels? It seems like even $ony would know that it took 5 years for the 2nd and then 22-25 yeas for a 3rd because of the parties involved.

    I also agree with Troy, Howard is great but when it comes to people like Bill Murray there are far more interesting things to talk about then who he banged 30 years ago.

  6. sounds to me like bill is thinking less about gb3 and more about what will happin if the movie becomes a hit. i think bill wants to see what could be the best comedy of all time turned into james bond like francise that keeps getting worse with every movie just because the toys sell

  7. Im waiting for “he who must not be named” to start posting

  8. who, Patrick?

  9. shh! don’t say it three times! he might come back!

    I agree with Bill’s hesitance toward the project, and have countless unfunny spinoffs/sequels like say the Meatballs franchise, but at the same time, Theres still alot of novelty left in the concept to keep the steam running. after watching GB2; it really left alot of space open for more story to tell, as did the video game, the story seems unfinished, and i really wanna see one last hurrah.

    They can have one last movie together, maybe a new cartoon/game/ or some kind of synergy to keep it going for a couple more years, and after that, Bill, Dan, and Harold can renew the copyrights of the franchise, some copyrights can last 70 years after a person’s death, so if there were to be horrible sequels or remakes, we won’t be there to see them anyway.

  10. That’s fine if Bill doesn’t want to do it. He does owe it to Dan, Harold, Ernie, Ivan and the fans to read the script and let us know either way. If he will do it and says the script is good no further questions. If it is that bad let us know why so we can understand his thoughts and move on already. I am most likely on Bills side but he needs to read the darn thing.

  11. Look… why else would Bill have donned that suit for the awards ceremony? All that hysteria!!
    Something is on the cards. And “It is a star!” (…or a couple of wavey lines…)

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