Well another week, another Ghostbusters story… sort of.
Ivan Reitman was at, according to Slashfilm, a TIFF Bell Lightbox screening of the original Ghostbusters last week and, no big surprise, the topic of Ghostbusters III came up. His full answer can be seen in the video below, but for those who don’t want to or can’t watch it, here’s the highlights:
Reitman believes that Bill Murray’s apparent disinterest in the third movie isn’t because he doesn’t like Ghostbusters anymore but rather because he doen’t like the idea if another movie: “Bill Murray has never actually read anything. He may have read ten pages at some point, but he’s never read a script. But he’s never been interested, either. That part is true. It wasn’t Ghostbusters in particular, it’s just, he’s been carrying on his life in a different way, in terms of the kind of parts that he’s wanted to pursue. I mean, he’s a really brilliant actor, comedian, personality. I’ve worked with him now five times, and I would love to work with him again. I’d hope that he could be in this film. He could be, he might not be, I really don’t know.”
Excitingly, it seems that, although it’s some time away, GBIII will probably happen and progress is being made: “If we can find a way to make a film that’s somewhat as magical as [Ghostbusters] finally turned out to be, then it’s worth making. If we can’t, then we probably won’t do it. And I think that’s really what’s been taking so damn long. We had a couple of scripts that were quite good, that we just didn’t think quite had it. And one of them was particularly centric to Bill, and we just couldn’t get him to read it. And so that one didn’t get made, even though it was pretty damn good. So we’ve been thinking of alternatives, and we’re actually making some real progress.”
So there you have it, Murray is unlikely to be back but there is a real desire to make a third movie… but it has be be magical and brilliant. Makes me rest a little easier, really.