As reports and rumors continue to swirl around the currently in-development sequel to the 1984 smash hit Ghostbusters, OK! caught up with the film’s star, Bill Murray, to get the straight story on what’s really going on.
"There’s someone trying to write a script," Bill explained at a press event in NYC for his upcoming movie City of Ember on Friday. "There are two fellas from The Office writing a script, but I have yet to see it. I’m more involved with trying to get the dessert we ordered at lunch today than the Ghostbusters sequel, but it’s possible. It’s a great idea that they hired these two guys to do it because it could be a fresh look at it, and it could be funny."
Bill did admit having some reservations about the project, especially considering his experience on the 1989 follow-up, Ghostbusters 2, which he called "rather unsatisfying."
"The first one, to me, was the real thing," the actor told OK!. "The sequel was a few years later, and there was an idea pitched. They got us all together and we laughed for a couple hours. We were like ‘What if we did another one? Here’s an idea these guys have got.’ But it didn’t turn out to be the idea [we talked about]. When I arrived on the set, they had written a whole different movie than the one. The special effects guys got their hands on it, and it’s just not the same movie. There were a few great scenes in it, but it wasn’t the same movie."
Bill also said he has yet to commit to the third Ghostbusters film, as he’s waiting to see what the writers come up with.
"It’s all about the script. It’s not like I have any obligation to the franchise or anyone," he explained. "If the script were good and I thought we could do it, it would be fun. It’s only now that this has ever been a prospect. No one’s talked about it for a long time because the second one was the way it was."
Meanwhile, in his new film City of Ember, Bill gets the opportunity to finally play a bad guy on the big screen, a chance he tells OK! he relishes.
"It’s so much easier to be a bad guy. It’s a piece of cake," he said. "It’s a joke. I keep saying ‘Why do they give Oscars to guys who play bad guys?’ Because it’s so simple. Play a good guy sometime — that’s hard. Play a really decent, good person. That’s hard."
By Valerie Nome