For anyone that's been anticipating the news that this Ghostbusters 3 movie will actually happen I wouldn't hold your breath. Bill Murray is in no rush to make the movie, and he really has no interest at all in doing it at this point. The movie can't get made without him so it looks like we're shit out of luck for now.
Murray recently did an interview on the Howard Stern show and he explained why,
I only made one sequel and it was Ghostbusters 2 and it didn't end up the way it was presented.
So one reason is the suckage of Ghostbusters 2. As I kid, I really liked Ghostbusters 2, but as I got older I started liking it less and less. It was far more inferior to the original movie. Apparently it was a great concept that Murray loved when they were planning it out!
About five years after we did the first one, the clever agents got us all together in a room and... we really are funny together, I mean they are funny people - Harold [Ramis] and Danny [Aykroyd] and myself, with Ivan [Reitman] and maybe one or two other people. We were just blindingly funny for about an hour or so and the agents, there was just foam coming off of them.
They had this pitch and Danny and Harold had concocted some story ideas... and it was a story, it was good story. I think I had even read one or two [scripts for Ghostbusters 2] that Danny had rolled out beforehand, but this one was a good one. I said, "Ok, we can do that one."
Then it just turned out much differently, and turned Murray off of making any more Ghostbusters movies. Regarding the hold up on Ghostbusters 3 Murray said, "I guess I’m the problem. Before I was an asset. Now I’m a problem," he explained. Bill said he had the script somewhere (“I haven’t read it yet.”), but hadn’t taken the time to consider the project: "
It’s not the foremost thing in my mind right now so I don’t think about it.
And there it is. He doesn't even think about it... yet. One day he will read the script, but who knows when?
Here is a little more Q&A between Stern and Murray,
HS: So how do you go back and really make another? Does Ivan want to make [Ghostbusters 3]?
Yeah, Ivan wants to make it and I… I owe him, ya know. He’s puzzled that I haven’t gotten to this one.
HS: How long has it been sitting on your desk, this script for Ghostbusters?
Well, it may not be on the desk – it’s over there somewhere. How long? I don’t know.
Robin Quivers: So you have no interest?
Well, I’ll get to it… I gotta get to it – I feel bad. I got a message and I think people – I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings – it’s not the foremost thing in my mind, so I don’t think about it.
You know, the studio gets excited every 10 years or so. What they’d really like to do is recreate the franchise. I remember when the new Ghostbusters was going to be Chris Rock, Chris Farley and Chris Crane… Kris Kringle… someone [laughs] – that had it together.
HS: Is that a threat to you? In other words, did they try to threaten you by saying we’re going to put together a new Ghostbusters and therefore you guys will have to go do it?
It’s not a threat, it’s sort of businesslike – they’d like to keep it going. There are still kids today that watch this movie and love it, it’s still very popular. They still sell a lot of toys and everything.
So what do you all think about what Murray had to say?