Everyone has been waiting for Ghostbusters 3 ever since Ghostbusters 2 hit theaters back in 1989. I was only a year old when the second Ghostbusters came out and I’ve still seen it more times than I can remember. The fans have been waiting in the firehouse for years to see another outing of the ecto-1, but they may have to wait a bit longer. The film’s writer Lee Eisenberg and producer Joe Medjuck gave Comic Book Movie a brief status update and it doesn’t look good. They beat Gozer, they beat Vigo but they may not defeat their biggest challenge yet…Bill Murray.
Don’t cross the ego
It’s been an on and off struggle for this movie for years, first it’s going to happen and next thing you hear is it’ll never see the light of day. As of right now Sony Pictures, Harold Ramis, Dan Ackroyd, and Ivan Reitman have agreed and signed up for the very heavily revised Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky screenplay. Almost everyone is ready to pick up those protons pack once more, everyone except for Bill Murray that is. It may be a dick move to hold the entire production back because you can’t agree on a proper script, but with out Bill they can’t go on. Murray is one of the five rights holders to the franchise we know so well and without his approval there is no movie. Its like being that one kid allergic to peanut butter in your class, you ruin it for everybody every year.
Eisenerg had this to say about the current state of Ghostbusters:
“Right now, we have a script we haven’t worked on probably in a couple of months, and we’re waiting for Bill Murray to read it. People seem excited about it, and the studio seems high on it. … We’re very proud of it. We worked really hard on it, and I think it’d be a really fun movie.”
Joe Medjeck attended a screening recently for ‘Ghostbusters’ and even took part in a Q&A, and obviously Ghostbusters 3 was bound to come up:
“Sony says they’d like to make it, everyone thinks it’s a good script. Bill has heard it’s a good script, but he hasn’t read it. Bill’s like that – he just says he’s busy.
Harold tells a very funny story about the several months it took to get Bill to read the script for Groundhog Day. Every week or so, [Bill] would go up to Harold and say, “You know, I read 10 pages… they’re really good. Is it going to stay this good?”
He hasn’t even read 10 pages [of Ghostbusters 3] yet, to the best of our knowledge.
[Regarding the original Ghostbusters] Bill just committed to it… he just said yes. He went to India to make The Razor’s Edge. I don’t think he even read the script [for Ghostbusters] until he arrived back, [and] the day he came back, we shot with him.”
When you haven’t finished reading even 10 pages of something that was made to suit your “talent” you’re either not caring or holding out for something more. I’m sorry, I really do love what Murray has done, but he needs to get his act together. The last good movie he was in was Lost in Translation, everything after was just a paycheck. If your not going to do it for yourself at least do it for your fans, at least they care enough to see you suit up one final time and save New York City.
Via: Comic Book Movie