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When I had the opportunity to speak with Bill Murray back in April and the topic of Ghostbusters 3 came up, he made a point of saying that the most recent round of rumors surrounding the sequel were nothing more than myth, but, more importantly, that he would be interested in making a film if it had a proper script. The quote raised questions about the proposed screenplay written by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, who had somewhat recently bombed with their first feature script, Harold Ramis' Year One. He was somewhat vague on the matter and didn't name names, but the same cannot be said for his most recent interview with GQ.
Speaking with the magazine, Murray opened up about the process that the project has gone through, this time mentioning the two writers specifically:
It's all a bunch of crock. It's a crock. There was a story—and I gotta be careful here, I don't want to hurt someone's feelings. When I hurt someone's feelings, I really want to hurt them. [laughs] Harold Ramis said, Oh, I've got these guys, they write on The Office, and they're really funny. They're going to write the next Ghostbusters. And they had just written this movie that he had directed...Year One. Well, I never went to see Year One, but people who did, including other Ghostbusters, said it was one of the worst things they had ever seen in their lives. So that dream just vaporized. That was gone. But it's the studio that really wants this thing. It's a franchise. It's a franchise, and they made a whole lot of money on Ghostbusters.
Now the question is whether Stupnitsky and Eisenberg even got a pass at the script and how long the project has existed simply as a title at the top of a piece of paper. This new interview, of course, is just another in a long line of Murray stories that have come out since the film began as a rumor back in 2007. For as long as talks about the sequel have continued, Murray has always been the lone Ghostbuster living in reality, even causing Aykroyd to tell him to shut up at one point. The thing is that Murray is the only one with the power to say no to other projects because he is the only one who is still a hot property in the acting world. Sure, Aykroyd gets the occasional bit role and Ramis is making a go as a director, but Murray is free to act however he wants about the project because it's not what keeps him afloat. Is it any wonder Ernie Hundson has been so quiet during this whole thing?