If the belief holds true that the entire fate of Ghostbusters III depends on the participation of Bill Murray, an off-hand comment by the actor to WGN in Chicago this past weekend has given fans some renewed hope. The question now is, how long will it be until that hope is dashed?
Murray was talking about his latest collaboration with director Wes Anderson, the upcoming Moonrise Kingdom, and the reporter threw out the usual floater about a third Ghostbusters to which Murray responded…
“… Well, it’s a possibility.”
It wasn’t a “No,” and in Hollywood, we all know that not saying “No,” is saying “Maybe.”
The last time hope was this high was when Murray showed up at the 2010 Scream Awards in his Ghostbusters cover-alls, a hope that was dashed soon after when it was rumored that Murray, heaving read the Ghostbusters 3 script by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, literally shredded it and send the shards back to them with a note saying, “No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts!”
So the question now is, was Murray legitimately leaving the door open to appearing in a third Ghostbusters, or was he merely being polite and pragmatic knowing anything more would set the internet on fire? Tough call, but my money’s on the latter.