Thursday, March 01, 2012

Why There Will Never Be a Ghostbusters III

Moviefone's Mike Ryan hits it out of the park with this great assessment of Bill Murray's career, as well as the economics and other factors that drive sequelitis. Did you know that Murray only agreed to be in Ghostbusters as part of a trade deal with the studio to release his passion project Razor's Edge? These types of "one for you, one for me" arrangements are commonplace in Hollywood, and its how folks like Clint Eastwood and George Clooney have gotten some of their best films made. Unfortunately for Murray, Razor's Edge tanked, but his shrewd method of damage control (creating a semi-reclusive bon vivant/iconoclast-type persona) helped ensure that his icon status remained intact and that he didn't become Chevy Chase.

Most interestingly, we learn why despite Dan Aykroyd's best efforts (and a halfway decent 2009 videogame that reunited the cast for voice work,) there will be no Ghostbusters III... at least, not until the inevitable reboot. " It's so hard to get everybody together. And we're so much older," said Murray. "There's a lot more hair dye being used this time. When it's face-lift time, we'll have to quit." Ryan then points out that this quote is 23 years old. Fascinating stuff. Check out the article right here.

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