It's been a rough, weird road for highly-anticipated sequel Ghostbusters 3, but the film is coming along. However, it's not without a share of time-consuming issues. -- Namely, in this case, Bill Murray's task-managing skills. So, how did the production find itself in this predicament? Well, as far as the process of getting the film off the ground, the hard part is already done as Sony Pictures has already given its stamp of approval and a script by the scribe team of Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg (The Office, Year One), overlooked by Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd has been finished for quite a while. However, the folks behind the film have been waiting handily for its prospective star, Murray to actually read the thing! Apparently, it's become such a problem that the reported May date to begin filming might have to be pushed back. One of the scribes, Eisenberg and producer Joe Medjuck have recently revealed some details on this bizarre obstacle to our third sojourn into the world of bustin' ghosts.
As Eisenberg, speaking at his alma mater Connecticut College updates:
“Right now, we have a script we haven’t worked on probably in a couple of months, and we’re waiting for Bill Murray to read it. People seem excited about it, and the studio seems high on it. … We’re very proud of it. We worked really hard on it, and I think it’d be a really fun movie.”
The writer reveals how working closely with director Ivan Reitman, along with Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd on the project has crafted the script into something that has become "tighter and funnier" than before. For him, it was clear that Ghostbusters was as beloved a franchise as one can find and that, growing up on the films himself, "the last thing you want to do, is disappoint." In fact, last month, Ivan Reitman himself, seemingly proud of the script as well, also made comment of the fact the process at this point, only awaited Billy Murray to finally read the script he was given.
Also shedding some light on the situation, producer Joe Medjuck fielded questions about the film after a screening of the first Ghostbusters film at Hollywood's ArcLight Cinema. Besides confirming the whole "waiting for Bill Murray" narrative, he actually stuck up for the actor, noting his busy schedule and his eccentric style of handling business.
"Harold [Ramis] tells a very funny story about the several months it took to get Bill to read the script for Groundhog Day. Every week or so, [Bill] would go up to Harold and say, “You know, I read 10 pages… they’re really good. Is it going to stay this good?" Adding: "He hasn’t even read 10 pages [of Ghostbusters 3] yet, to the best of our knowledge."
Oddly enough, though, nailing him down for the first Ghostbusters film was apparently not quite the ordeal:
"Bill just committed to it… he just said yes. He went to India to make The Razor’s Edge. I don’t think he even read the script [for Ghostbusters] until he arrived back, [and] the day he came back, we shot with him.”
So, how will they ever get Ghostbusters 3 back on track? I guess....if you happen to run into Bill Murray, just tell him to read the damn thing. The time for the excuses like "he's washing his hair" or "he has a power yoga class" have ended! As the poet laureate Bobby Brown once said in his Ghostbusters 2 musical composition: "Well I guess we're gonna have to take control."
What's your outlook on Ghostbusters 3 right now? Is it going to happen with Bill Murray? Could it be done without him?