For years, the only thing preventing Ghostbusters 3 from being made was Bill Murray, who always seemed too busy making critically acclaimed Wes Anderson movies to hop aboard the lucrative “People who grew up in the 1980s will pay to see anything that reminds them of their childhood, just look at Transformers” bandwagon.
Recently, it looked like Ghostbusters 3 would have to go ahead without Murray. ”He [Murray] won’t be involved,” Dan Aykroyd said in August. “It’s sad but we’re passing it on to a new generation. Ghostbusters 3 can be a successful movie without Bill. My preference would be to have him involved but at this point he doesn’t seem to be coming and we have to move on. It’s time to make the third one.”
Well, guess what? Wes Anderson must not have much of a role for Murray in his upcoming The Grand Budapest Hotel, because Murray has finally agreed to star in Ghostbusters 3. “It was kind of crazy. Just out of nowhere, I get a phone call from Bill at almost three in the morning… and he simply said, ‘Yeah, OK, I’m in!’ That’s Bill Murray for you. Surprising and straight to the point,” said Aykroyd.
“Bill also said a major factor in his decision to do the movie had been all the support he received from fans,” Aykroyd added, which makes perfect sense. After all, having swarms of 30-year-olds desperate to relive their childhoods constantly ask, “Bill, when are you going to do Ghostbusters 3?” must get tiring after awhile, and the temptation to just star in the movie so that people stop pestering him about it must have been overwhelming.
Ghostbusters 3 will be directed by Ivan Rietman. Shooting is expected to begin next year.