Bill Murray is Our Last Line of Defense Against Ashton Kutcher as a Ghostbuster

Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Live Free or Die Hard, the list of franchises that were long past their glory days but decided to go for another sequel anyway is growing every year. A lot of these movies end up financial successes when everything is tallied up, but they all have one thing in common: they are needless and lame from a story perspective and they turn off people who used to be fanatics of the brand. We’ve been hearing about a potential Ghostbusters 3 for quite some time now. Everybody seems to want to do it except for Bill Murray. Well, as of now, news on that front seems to be at basically a standstill, but with a little Ashton Kutcher thrown in.

Digital Spy recently quoted Ivan Reitman as saying that the script for the film is in Bill Murray’s hands. Quote, “He’s seen it and we’re waiting to hear.” When he said this he was at the UK premiere of No Strings Attached and sitting next to Ashton Kutcher. So when asked if Kutcher could be cast as one of the new generation Ghostbusters, Reitman said that it was “absolutely possible.” That might not mean anything. It might just be a flippant answer to a question that put him on the spot; but it’s the reason so many people don’t want to see this movie happen at all. Ashton Kutcher sucks. If Ashton Kutcher became a Ghostbuster it would make me want to throw up in a bowl of Ghostbusters Cereal.

Well, Bill Murray was on Howard Stern this morning, and he got grilled about the Ghostbusters 3 script that is supposedly in his hands. When asked if he was the only problem keeping the film from getting made, Murray admitted that he was, “Yeah, I guess I’m the problem. Before I was an asset, [but] now I’m a problem. There’s a script somewhere [on my desk], but I haven’t read it yet.” He also said of Reitman’s enthusiasm to make the film, “Yeah, Ivan wants to make it and I… I owe him, you know? He’s puzzled that I haven’t gotten to this one.” The question now becomes will Bill Murray ever actually read this script, or is not getting to it just his way of politely refusing to do the project?

When explaining his reticence to sign on Murray said, “I only made one sequel and it was Ghostbusters 2, and it didn’t end up the way it was presented.” He also seems to think that a sequel is more of a business thing and not really necessary on an artistic level. Quote, “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.”

Well Mr. Murray, add Ashton Kutcher to your short list of people you’ve been told might be a new Ghostbuster. I think that his instincts are right on when it comes to this. Has one of these revivals of a long dormant franchise ever worked out creatively? Can’t more cartoons or something be produced if Reitman and whoever want to sell more toys? If Bill Murray is the only thing between me and Ashton Kutcher goobering his way through an action comedy in a Ghostbusters’ jumpsuit, then I say hold strong Mr. Murray… hold strong!

Source: Screen Rant

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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