Sony Pictures is still trying to get Bill Murray back for one more epic ghost busting adventure. The new “Ghostbusters” reboot is rumored to star an all-female cast with the likes of Melissa McCarthy (“The Heat”), Kristen Wiig (“Bridesmaids”), Linda Cardellini (“Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed”), and Emma Stone (“The Amazing Spider-Man”) being eyed for the lead roles. No negotiations have been reported, but it seems likely that an “A” list female cast will be in the cross-hairs once the project is officially moving forward.
Murray reprised his role as Dr. Peter Venkman way back in 1989. He was joined by Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson as the team of supernatural exterminators. Hopefully Murray will consider an offer to return to the franchise, according to Variety, Sony Pictures “would jump at the chance to sign Murray for either a cameo or supporting role.”
Murray told Variety during a sit-down interview:
“The studio gets really crazy about it,”. “What they really want to do is resurrect a franchise. The first one was a spectacular movie, one of the greatest movies. The second one was”–Murray makes an unimpressed sound. “It had some moves. It had a few good scenes in it.”
Murray is still not convinced that a continuation of the franchise is the best move for his career, but he did however mention that the possibility of passing on the baton is there “if the idea felt fresh”. Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids”, “The Heat”) is confirmed to serve behind the lens and has enlisted “The Heat” scribe Katie Dippold to pen the screenplay. The big question for the future of the franchise still stands….can Feig and Dippold bring the magic back to life the same way Aykroyd and Ramis did?
“Those guys, Danny and Harold, were at the top of their game,” “They were burning nitro at that moment. Unless you have a really clear vision, you’re always trying to recreate that.”
In my humble opinion, if Murray is not onboard, why even consider a reboot of one of the most iconic movie franchises of the 80’s?