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Bill Murray Actually Likes Female 'Ghostbusters' Idea, Suggests Names

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September 8, 2014

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Though Bill Murray hasn't been all that interested in strapping on a proton pack again for Ghostbusters 3, he actually likes the sounds of the latest idea for a franchise reboot/sequel. Following the passing of Ghostbusters writer and star Harold Ramis earlier this year, the script for the film was going to be reworked in his absence. However, more recently, news surfaced that Columbia Pictures was looking to Bridesmaids director Paul Feig to be at the helm of a completely different Ghostbusters film, one that would put an all-female cast in the roles of the paranormal investigators. And Murray says, "I would go to that movie."

This happened in an interview with Access Hollywood (via Schmoes Know) and Murray added:

"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!"

Murray talked more about it with Toronto Star (via SlashFilm) and even had casting suggestions:

Melissa [McCarthy] would be a spectacular Ghostbuster. And Kristen Wiig is so funny — God, she’s funny!” he offered. “I like this girl Linda Cardellini a lot. And Emma Stone is funny. There are some funny girls out there.”

It's no surprise that Murray threw McCarthy's name out there since he was at TIFF to promote St. Vincent, in which she co-stars. She's also a frequent collaborator with Paul Feig having worked with him on Bridesmaids, The Heat and the forthcoming Spy (formerly known as Susan Cooper). But her comedy schtick has gotten a little old with Identity Thief and Tammy this year, so we're not sold on her involvement. Those other suggestions sound great though. You could use only "SNL" cast members for the cast and that would be great, but there are so many possibilities.

However, just because Murray likes this idea, that doesn't mean we should expect a cameo or a passing of the torch. While we don't know whether or not this female Ghostbusters film will be tied to the original franchise or just a standalone reboot, it doesn't sound like Murray still wouldn't be involved with a Ghostbusters 3 or this reboot. Director Ivan Reitman talked about the most recent efforts to revive Ghostbusters with Bill Murray, telling CBC News, "Every once in a while [Murray] would say, ‘it would be kind of nice to do another one if only I find a script that was good enough’, but in his brain and his heart, I don’t think it’s really there." We'll see what happens. Thoughts?

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  • txJM
    Dear Bill, Please feed the shark when you're done jumping. Thanks.
    • DAVIDPD
      ZING!
  • robthom
    Sometimes I suspect that Bill Murrey thinks he's some kind of comedian.
  • Xerxexx
    I woudn't mind.
  • DAVIDPD
    LOL. He is trolling us so hard. Murray knows exactly what he is doing here people!
  • shane willett
    I think the casting prefs. Murray stated would be great - honestly Melissa McCartney and Kristen Wiig is my 1st picks... Pass on Emma Stone -

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