Bill Murray was a guest on Howard Stern yesterday, and naturally the conversation got around to the much-discussed 'Ghostbusters 3.' In case you're not up to date on the whole 'Ghostbusters 3' saga, the gist is that there's a script and the studio wants to do it and everyone's onboard ... except Bill Murray. Murray hasn't flat-out said no, but he's dragged his feet for so long that it seems as though the project is in serious jeopardy.
When asked if he'd read the 'Ghostbusters 3' script sent to him last year, the enigmatic performer responded, "Well, I'll get to it. I gotta get to it. I feel badly. I got a message. I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but it's not the foremost thing in my mind right now, so I don't think about it." Thanks to The Realm Toys for transcribing Murray's interview answers.
This raises an interesting point: If 'Ghostbusters 3' isn't the foremost thing in Murray's mind, why do the rest of us (movie bloggers and fans) continue to lap up every non-story on the topic? 'Ghostbusters 3' has become the 'Evil Dead 4' of the mainstream movie world, a project stuck in neutral that gets more press than many titles already in post-production. Enough already.
Look, we love 'Ghostbusters' as much as anybody. Most of us are of an age where it was an indelible part of our childhood. Many of us even like 'Ghostbusters 2' on some level (guilty as charged ...) and we're receptive to the idea of a 'Ghostbusters 3' -- even if a new team of Ghostbusters being introduced fills our heads with terrifying visions of Shia LaBeouf swinging between Manhattan skyscrapers with an army of Slimers in his wake ...
The thing is, we've been down the 'Ghostbusters 3' road before. 'Ghostbusters 3' pops back up once every few years and will until it either A) gets made, or B) main cast members are too old to do it, at which point we'll get a reboot instead. That's fine -- the popping up, not the reboot -- because people love this series. The problem is that we apparently love it so much that we not only want to know every detail about a new film, but we seemingly want a "nothing new happening" update every day as well.
The gist of 'Ghostbusters 3' stories for the past 18 months can be broken down like this: Ramis says he wants to do it; Aykroyd says he wants to do it; Ramis and Aykroyd say Murray is holding up the project; Ernie Hudson says let's do it because he needs a job (kidding, Ernie!); Murray says he'd like to do it but doesn't really sound like he means it.
Sprinkle in rumors about the film introducing a new generation of Ghostbusters and that essentially covers everything that's happened for the past year and a half. It's not much, but somehow, every time one of these guys speaks, even to just say the same things they've already said, we all jump on it.
We're as guilty as anyone, of course, but there has to come a point where enough's enough -- and we're there now. Any good reporter will invariably ask about the film when interviewing one of these individuals, but can we all stop breathlessly reporting every non-story about 'Ghostbusters 3' like it's an Earth-shattering revelation already?
Murray holding this thing up isn't news. Is it too much to ask that the next story on this film is either "'Ghostbusters 3' begins shooting" or "'Ghostbusters 3' is never gonna happen"? Doesn't seem like it, but it probably is. 'Ghostbusters 3' does two very important things: It drives traffic and appeals to a wide range of readers. I guess I just find it disheartening to keep reading "new" versions of the same story written by writers who, by and large, take Hollywood to task for regurgitating material to make money. Pot, meet kettle.
Like Dennis Miller used to say, "That's just my opinion. I could be wrong." What do you guys think? Do you want more of these "nothing's happening with 'Ghostbusters 3'" stories or do you only really care when they start making it or kill it once and for all? Agree, or take me to task, below.