I don’t need to rehash the details, I’m sure, so here are just the basics: Bill Murray has the power of veto over any Ghostbusters 3 and, frankly, nobody wants one without him anyway. He’s turned down the recent script, effectively killing it.
But that’s not necessarily the very end of the story.
David Letterman had Murray as a guest this week, and in this video (thanks to Screencrush for the embed) you can see them discuss Murray’s films, ending with some chat about the prospective threequel.
It’s got to be really funny and that first one was so darn funny, it’s hard for me… I think we’ll try again. I always drag my feet on it, but I think…
And there Letterman bends things around and stops Murray from completing his thought.
Murray certainly sounds bored and even tired, but you could read it that he’s going to keep trying, reading the scripts, giving it a look-in, and if ever a screenplay passes muster, we’ll be Go for ‘busters. Perhaps its time for some really ambitious, and Murray-pleasing, slightly more cutting-edge scriptwriters to take a pass. That could get him on board, which would get it made, which would be all it would need to rake in the cash for Sony.*
When you watch the clip, note his comment about Cannes. Maybe it meant something to him to see how much interest there is in a Ghostbusters 3, internationally. Whether it meant something negative or positive is up for debate.
*Of course, I don’t have any suggestions for who these people might be.