The script for Ghostbusters 3 is in the works, an idea that hasn’t sat very well with a lot of fans of the original film. Those same fans weren’t any more impressed when the idea of an all-female cast was being floated around, an idea that garnered credence when Bridesmaid director Paul Feig was named as a frontrunner to helm the film.
Now, however, according to Cinema Blend, one of the most vocal and credible detractors of the Ghostbusters reboot has come out — not only in favor of it, but in favor of the all-female cast idea.
Bill Murray played Dr. Peter Venkman in the original, beloved Ghostbusters, and he let people know what he thought of the all-female idea in an interview with Schmoes Know.
“It sounds great to me. It sounds as good an idea as any other. There are a lot of women that could scare off any kind of vapor. No, it’s a grand idea, I don’t know who they’re talking about, but it’s a good idea, I would watch it. I mean, I love Robert Palmer’s videos, so why wouldn’t I love the female ‘Ghostbusters’?”
Okay then. I suppose that’s sound logic. However, we’re guessing that what Murray is really thinking is that if they do decide to go with an all-female cast, then Bill won’t be bothered to be in the film anymore.
The idea of an all-female reboot of Ghostbusters probably makes sense to the studio as well. A reboot of the series that doesn’t much resemble the original will be judged much more fairly on its own that to have to try and live up to the legendary status of the original Ghostbusters.
The Ghostbusters reboot also poses the question of whether or not the third film resides in the mythos of the first two. Are these new ladies the inheritors of the Ghostbusters franchise, or will it be a complete reboot portraying the ladies as the initiators of the Ghostbusters company?
When the original Ghostbusters was released in 1984, it was an instant hit. Starring not only Murray, but Dan Ackroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, and Sigourney Weaver, and directed by Ivan Reitman, the film was a critical and commercial success. It grossed $241 million in the United States and another $294 million worldwide, which was an astonishing feat for a comedy in 1984, and the ubiquitous theme song for the film sung by Ray Parker Jr. jammed the airwaves.
At present, Ghostbusters 3 — with or without an all-female cast — has no confirmed release date.