Bill Muray revealed in an interview at Cannes (via IndieWire) that he would have no problem participating in the upcoming Ghostbusters sequel.
“This franchise paid for my son’s college. We made this thing. We are the caretakers of it. It’s a great thing and it was a really fun movie to make. It’s a real movie with some really funny stuff in it.”
He added that his connection to the franchise stems from his relationship with the original cast:
“They’re wonderful people, … Danny [Ackroyd], Ernie [Hudson], Harold [Ramis], Rick Moranis, Annie Potts — they’re some of the coolest people and they had real careers. They treat people well. They really understand what it is to be a movie actor. It’s a complete collaboration.”
He elaborated on the difference in relationships between the cast and studio:
“The relationship you have with those people as collaborators is not necessarily the relationship I have with Sony. For years, they said, ‘We can’t make another “Ghostbusters” because Bill Murray won’t change the deal he made in 1984.’ Well, no, I never did. And you know what? They made the movie. You’re the new guys, I’m the old guy. It was good enough for the other people so it’s going to have to be good enough for you.”
He appeared in the 2016 reboot because co-stars Kate McKinnon and Melissa McCarthy, who he is friends with, asked him to appear.
“I was in that movie just because they asked me, and I knew if I said no, I was saying I didn’t support that movie. I felt like, OK, I’m going to support them because I support them as people. So I did that one and I would do this next one.”
I’m hoping that Murray isn’t the only former castmember from the 80s-era Ghostbusters to return. Since Jason Reitman’s film is a sequel to the original films that means that Murray, Ackroyd, Potts, etc. can return as their characters and not as random cameos. Heck, maybe they can even convince Rick Moranis to come out of retirement. Here’s hoping.
Ghostbusters 3 is expected to hit theaters July 10, 2020. Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, and Carrie Coon are the only actors cast so far, all playing members of a family with ties to the original Ghostbusters.
Would you like to see the original Ghostbusters cast reprise their roles for the new sequel?