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.

Screen Rants has the full transcript.

Thanks to Steven Hough and Hayden Gilbert for the links!

From the fringes… Aykroyd tells Murray to stop being a jerk.

So, the pedigree on this item is somewhere above Internet rumour and speculation, but only by the barest of margins. Mike Walker, gossip columnist for the National Enquirer, holds a weekly game in which readers of the Enquirer, listeners of the Howard Stern Show, and the Stern crew themselves, guess which of four gossip items is false.

This week, one of the “true” items was that Dan Aykroyd has called Bill Murray to stop being a jerk and holding up production;

WHO YA GONNA CALL DEPT.: DAN AYKROYD called old pal/“Ghostbusters” co-star BILL MURRAY and snarled: “Stop acting like a jerk!” It’s getting spooky-ugly as Aykroyd, Murray, SIGOURNEY WEAVER, HAROLD RAMIS and ERNIE HUDSON struggle to birth their proposed “Ghostbusters 3” sequel because Murray – despite agreeing to do the film – has suddenly turned so cranky and mean, he even refuses to answer phone calls. “Producers, who’ve given Bill script approval, need his cooperation, but they can’t seem to get him on the phone to talk about the script,” said a source. “He’s even told them his character should be killed off in the first couple of minutes of the movie! Bill’s famously hard to handle, but he’s really gone off the deep end since the breakup of his marriage. That’s why Dan, who knows him best, phoned to read him the riot act, but…!” Stay tuned.

The question is, how much value to put on a “True” gossip item. It’s like calling something a “real” rumour – awesome, it’s real… but it’s still a rumour. Right? Well, these days, it turns out the Enquirer is about as good a source as any other media outlet, particularly when it comes to celebrity and political scandal. Not that Aykroyd chewing out Murray is a scandal – that’s more like a good guess that nobody will follow up on. But like I said, it does rank somewhere above Internet hearsay in the veracity department. And hey – who doesn’t want to yell “Hurry up!” at anybody involved in a third movie these days?

Thanks to Steven Hough for the tip.

[VIA Bloody Disgusting]