Bill Murray’s never doing another Ghostbusters film. We can all hem and haw and hold out hope that the prodigal son of ghostbusting might return, but Murray has staunchly refused to bust even a single ghost for years now. When Ray Parker Jr. famously exclaimed, “I ain’t afraid of no ghost,” maybe he didn’t have Murray in mind.
But it seems Bill Murray’s disdain for the supernatural only counts when Ghostbusters is involved. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor has just attached himself to the upcoming Dreamworks animated film B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations. Murray joins the project alongside two other new additions in Octavia Spencer and Jennifer Coolidge. That titular organization is “the ghost world’s elite counter-haunting unit,” and Murray will be filling the role of Addison Drake, who is both a ghost himself and the film’s primary villain.
Now, technically the agents of B.O.O. are all ghosts as well. Lead actors Seth Rogen and Melissa McCarthy are ghoulish new additions to the agency tasked with saving the world from Murray’s nefarious plans. Perhaps that was Murray’s beef all along in that ghost-on-ghost bustin’ makes him feel good while human-on-ghost bustin’ makes him feel clammy and uncomfortable. Whatever the reason, I expect the film to make multiple references to Murray’s finicky ghost movie decision-making abilities, poking and prodding the actor until, in a fit of unbridled fury, he abandons the project and joins the cast of Ghostbusters 3 in an act of petty revenge.