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A consistent source of controversy among movie fans is the fact that whether we like it or not, Ghostbusters III seems to be an inevitability we're doomed to experience. Those same fires were stoked even hotter when news got out that out of all the directors being considered to take over the 30-year-old franchise, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig was the frontrunner for the honors of taking the director's chair. Which brings us to today, in which the possibility of an all-female reboot of Ghostbusters seems closer than ever. Strangely enough, one of Ghostbusters III's founding detractors is now on record as one of those approving this new scenario.
Schmoes Know and Access Hollywood collaborator, Scott Mantz, had the honor of picking Murray's mind on the matter, and what he had to say might surprise the legions of fans against the idea of women with proton packs strapped to their backs.
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?
Robert Palmer metaphor aside, Bill Murray's support of a female-centric Ghostbusters film is probably coming from two thoughts that are going through his head right now. Murray seems like a progressive fellow, who believes the idea can hold some serious clout if it were put into action. But more importantly, if it's an all female Ghostbusters flick, he won't be badgered to take part in it anymore. He won't have to shred the script and mail it back this time, because he won't get a script and he can go on to pursue his now standard blend of event pictures, indie think pieces, and anything that fits into his golf schedule.
While the idea of a woman-run Ghostbusters franchise isn't going to win all of the die hard fans overnight, it's nice to know that one of the original paranormal investigators is a-ok with the legacy being put into the hands of an opposite gender team. It's just further proof that Bill Murray is exactly the guy we all think he is, and he's still as cool as we'd like him to be. Rock on, Bill.
Ghostbusters III is still in the pre-production phases, but you can see Bill Murray next in St. Vincent on October 24th. He can also be seen in HBO's mini-series Olive Kitteridge, which is set to premiere on November 2nd, as well as Jon Favreau's currently in production adaptation of The Jungle Book. Or, if you're lucky enough, he'll show up at some random event in your life and give you a fun anecdote to pass on to your friends.