Comedy classic Ghostbusters turns 30 this year—this milestone was recently commemorated by a limited theatrical rerelease of a remastered version of the film—and there’s been a lot of recent talk about the future of the franchise. This mostly takes the form of Ghostbusters 3, which has been in the works in various incarnations for years, but appears to be inching closer and closer to reality. The latest incarnation of this scuttlebutt is that Bridesmaids director Paul Feig could helm an all-female reboot. While this possibility has resulted in a great deal of outrage from some more close minded fans, this idea has an unexpected backer in one of the original cast members, as well as one of the most outspoken opponents of this unnecessary sequel/do over, Bill Murray.
Murray has made no secret that he is in no way behind this movie in any way shape or form. While early reports connected him to the project, possibly playing a ghost version of his Peter Venkman character, recent days have made it clear he wants no part of this one.
However, Scott Mantz from Schmoes Know and Access Hollywood had the rare opportunity to talk with the notoriously reclusive star about the subject and his response was surprising considering his longstanding disdain for Ghostbusters 3 (he reportedly read one version of the script and hated it so much he shredded it and mailed it back to fellow Ghostbusters Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis). He said:
It sounds great to me. It sounds as good an idea as any other! There are a lot of women that could scare off any kind of vapor! No, it’s a grand idea, I don’t know who they’re talking about, but it’s a good idea, I would watch it! I mean, I love Robert Palmer’s videos, so why wouldn’t I love the female Ghostbusters?
We’re not sure what Robert Palmer has to do with this either.
You can imagine a couple trains of thought running through his head in regards to this. Ever since his days on Saturday Night Live, he’s always seemed like a progressive kind of guy, one who doesn’t seem to have an issue with women taking the lead in a movie.
And possibly even more important to him, if the main cast is all female, people will stop talking to him about the damn movie. If every time we talked to anyone anywhere they wanted to know about Ghostbusters 3, we’d start to get pissed off, too, and we have even less to do with it than Murray. He’s probably like, “please, please, please cast all women in this so I can go back to ignoring it completely.”
Murray is infamous for being difficult to get in touch with, let alone get to star in your movie, but that doesn’t mean he’s not regularly working. Despite these hurdles, people keep casting him in movies, and sometimes he even shows up to set, like with his latest, St. Vincent, which just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.