It was practically a cinema legend. That over the years script after script had been put in front of Bill Murray for Ghostbusters 3 and he had turned them all down. He was held up as the single reason we never got to see a proper third movie in the franchise.
Now he has spoken of his reasons for finally returning to the role of Peter Venkman. In an interview with Collider Murray revealed it was entirely down to Jason Reitman, the son of the original director Ivan Reitman:
“I remember [Jason Reitman] calling me and saying, ‘I’ve got an idea for another ‘Ghostbusters.’ I’ve had this idea for years. I thought, ‘What the heck could that possibly be?’ I remember him when he was a kid. I remember his Bar Mitzvah. I was like, ‘What the heck? What does this kid know?’
But he had a really, really wonderful idea that he wrote with another wonderful guy that I got to work with, Gil Kenan, who made ‘City of Ember.’ The two of them wrote a ‘Ghostbusters’ movie that really brings it back to life. It really has the feel of the first one, more than the second one or the girls’ one. It has a different feel than two out of four. I think he’s really got something.”
Murray went on to say it wasn’t an easy movie to make:
“[It] was hard. It was really hard…That’s why I think it’s gonna be good.”
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is due in November after an entire year delay due to COVID-19.