Murray has made something of an industry with his ‘will he won’t he’ statements on the long-gestating Ghostbusters 3. There have been rumours that he filled an envelope with the shredded script and returned it to Dan Ackroyd and Harald Ramis with a note saying that no-one would pay to see sixtysomethings chasing ghosts. Then there was the time when he turned up at the Spike TV Scream awards in Venkman’s overalls and with a proton pack. Ackroyd has gone so far as to say that it is a "surety" that Murray won’t be involved, and Murray has called the enterprise a "bunch of crock." The studio seems unwilling to fund a $100m film without Murray on board, and so, if his avowed disinterest is to be believed, we’re going to have to find someone else to call.
Or maybe not. I’m quite aware that this is a quite pathetic grasping at of straws, but Murray expressed something other than disinterest when facing the customary GB3 question at a recent Moonrise Kingdom junket. When asked if he could be persuaded to get into the overalls again he replied with a not-completely-negative "well, it’s a possibility."
Now, I know that’s not saying much. Lots of things can be described as possibilities. It’s possible that the new series of Big Brother might be more enjoyable than stabbing myself in the eye with a rusty fork. Possible, yes. Likely – well, that’s something else entirely.
I’ve got a solution. Murray obviously loves working with Anderson, so let’s have him helm the new movie. Replace Ray Parker Jr with some achingly cool New York hipsters, add some knowing dialogue and we’d be away.