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(Onion AV Club)   Bill Murray's decision not to be in Ghostbuster 3 may lead to Dan Aykroyd re-casting the role, human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria   (avclub.com) divider line 132
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2012-02-13 09:45:35 PM  
Please just stop with this silly idea...
There's no way it wouldn't suck, even if Bill Murray got involved.

I know there's a lot of money to be made...and Crystal Skull Vodka isn't selling like hotcakes, but please stop whoring your legacy out, Aykroyd. Wasn't Blues Brothers 2000 enough?
 
2012-02-13 09:45:56 PM  
I dunno, as much as I love Ghostbusters, I may be in the minority in that I didn't dig the sequel. And Bill's been a sad sack in everything he's been in for the last decade or so, his cameo in Zombieland notwithstanding. Dan Ackroyd heading this up, the last thing I remember him doing was The Blues Brothers 2000. So maybe they should let sleeping dogs lie.
 
2012-02-13 09:52:55 PM  
what was the name of that sit com that akroyd did a dozen years or so ago where he was the rock-n-roll harley riding pastor? he should bring that back.
 
2012-02-13 09:57:53 PM  
You can't see the movie going forward without rick moranis, but bill murray isn't necessary?

I bet he thinks annie potts is a deal breaker too then
 
2012-02-13 10:15:58 PM  
"No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts."

I would and so would everyone else, and you know it. Just don't get all "Indiana Jones 4" on us.
 
2012-02-13 10:20:44 PM  
Given Hollywood's success rate at doing movies like this, the odds that it wouldn't suck are infinitesimal.
 
2012-02-13 10:20:49 PM  
referring, of course, to how Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan franchise was passed from actor to actor without any noticeable box office damage or fan outcry

Oh, there was a difference. There was a BIG difference. Actually, the only Ryan flick that I liked was the first one; Red October.
 
2012-02-13 10:21:12 PM  
They could bypass Bill Murray by using stock footage and having him dead at the beginning as was rumored awhile back.
 
2012-02-13 10:22:13 PM  
Murray's decision to stay far,far away from this misbegotten project elevates my already shameless hero-worship of him.
 
2012-02-13 10:24:20 PM  

thomps: what was the name of that sit com that akroyd did a dozen years or so ago where he was the rock-n-roll harley riding pastor? he should bring that back.


You mean the atrociousSoul Man? Thought that was a theatrical release.
 
2012-02-13 10:26:30 PM  
I miss Rick Moranis.
 
2012-02-13 10:26:33 PM  
Enough with Bill Murray already. He's been elevated to this God like status for some reason recently. He's basically telling all of us to fark off and leave him alone. Let's do that.
 
2012-02-13 10:28:22 PM  

broktune: He's basically telling all of us to fark off and leave him alone. Let's do that.


Remind Dan Akroyd, because he hasn't gotten the memo.
 
2012-02-13 10:28:38 PM  
The game was enough of a sequel, and Murray really phoned it in there so...
 
2012-02-13 10:29:10 PM  

Mugato: I dunno, as much as I love Ghostbusters, I may be in the minority in that I didn't dig the sequel.


Ghostbusters 2 was pretty universally disliked, so I dont think you're in the minority...
Unless you're not white.
 
2012-02-13 10:29:33 PM  

shivashakti: Please just stop with this silly idea...
There's no way it wouldn't suck, even if Bill Murray got involved.

I know there's a lot of money to be made...and Crystal Skull Vodka isn't selling like hotcakes, but please stop whoring your legacy out, Aykroyd. Wasn't Blues Brothers 2000 enough?


You need to get up-to-date.

The only 'Authorized' Blues Bros. cover band just came through town; authorized by whom you might wonder? Why, Dan Aykroyd, of course.

As for Murray what's the deal? First he wasn't gonna do it, then he was and now he's not, again?

MUYFM, Billy.
 
2012-02-13 10:31:50 PM  
Oh


my


GOD.


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Look at all the junk food!
 
2012-02-13 10:32:14 PM  
The problem with Ghostbusters is that it really doesn't lend itself to sequels -- how many times can you tell the same story about them chasing ghosts and saving the world from a really bad ghost? I'm sure Aykroyd's script is a rehash of the first film but will utilize the latest in special effects.
 
2012-02-13 10:32:16 PM  
Dan Aykroyd must really be hard-up for money.
 
2012-02-13 10:36:15 PM  
There was a Ghostbusters 2?
 
2012-02-13 10:36:19 PM  

Apos: Murray's decision to stay far,far away from this misbegotten project elevates my already shameless hero-worship of him.


I'll never understand the adoration this man gets. His funniest roles are his oldest ones and I can't think of a role he's had in the last 15ish years that I've thought was all that good or funny.
 
2012-02-13 10:39:28 PM  
Give it to one of his brothers.

imgs.sfgate.com
 
2012-02-13 10:41:09 PM  

shivashakti: Crystal Skull Vodka isn't selling like hotcakes


It is expensive, but it is worth it. It's damn good. Much more worth the extra money than say Gray Goose or Belvedeere, but still wont drink it everyday.
 
2012-02-13 10:42:07 PM  
Dear everyone involved:

Please do not make this movie.

thanks,

Everyone else in the world

PS: Please do not turn the rights over to anyone who wants to "reboot" either.
 
2012-02-13 10:42:38 PM  

rickycal78: Apos: Murray's decision to stay far,far away from this misbegotten project elevates my already shameless hero-worship of him.

I'll never understand the adoration this man gets. His funniest roles are his oldest ones and I can't think of a role he's had in the last 15ish years that I've thought was all that good or funny.


Generally based on anecdotes of fan interaction, a series of truly epic performances (even if they were a while ago), and an apparent great sense of humor about himself.
 
2012-02-13 10:43:53 PM  
Ok. So what? Bill Murray was awesome. he's lost it. Leave him alone. I still want to see this movie.
 
2012-02-13 10:44:10 PM  

Great_Milenko:
PS: Please do not turn the rights over to anyone who wants to "reboot" either.


So much THIS

/Ok, just because rebooting got lucky one damn time does not make it a good idea
//damn
 
2012-02-13 10:44:26 PM  

brandnewchair: Mugato: I dunno, as much as I love Ghostbusters, I may be in the minority in that I didn't dig the sequel.

Ghostbusters 2 was pretty universally disliked, so I dont think you're in the minority...
Unless you're not white.


Well maybe just here then. People around here seem to like it.
 
2012-02-13 10:45:37 PM  
Let's see, Dan Akroyd major movies and TV since 2005:

Voice of Yogi Bear
The Defenders cameo's
According to Jim cameo's
War, Inc.
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
Living With Fran (Drescher)

I'm sorry that Jim Belushi doesn't have a show now to get you on Dan, but, please, just leave Ghostbusters be.
 
2012-02-13 10:46:29 PM  
Can we trade Aykroyd for Murray?
 
2012-02-13 10:49:44 PM  

broktune: Enough with Bill Murray already. He's been elevated to this God like status for some reason recently. He's basically telling all of us to fark off and leave him alone. Let's do that.


You obviously don't watch him attention-whoring his way around Pebble Beach every year at the AT&T Pro-Am. Not to say that's bad, I love Murray.

I wouldn't watch Ghostbusters 3 if the premier was in my living room.
 
2012-02-13 10:55:04 PM  
I'd be OK with a Ghostbusters reboot. I just wouldn't want it to star any of the original actors (unless they do a *wink wink*-style appearance).

Also, Steve Carrell would be a great "Ray".
 
2012-02-13 10:58:14 PM  

Craptastic: I'd be OK with a Ghostbusters reboot. I just wouldn't want it to star any of the original actors (unless they do a *wink wink*-style appearance).

Also, Steve Carrell would be a great "Ray".


sorry, the reboot that's in the works is a buddy comedy starring zac efron as ray and jim belushi as slimer.
 
2012-02-13 10:58:54 PM  
I'm thinking somebody like Emma Stone or Kristen Bell as a replacement. A hot, female ghostbuster on the team would be cool.
 
2012-02-13 10:59:54 PM  
The only way to make GB3, with fat, old men running around chasing ghosts, is if they *lose*, quite terribly, and not at the beginning of the movie, but in the third act and they become what they have hunted. The best comedies are really dark tragedies. Go to that dark place. *Then* leave your teaser spot of your next-gen ghost-busters, trying to figure out what happened to them.
 
2012-02-13 11:02:39 PM  

thomps: Craptastic: I'd be OK with a Ghostbusters reboot. I just wouldn't want it to star any of the original actors (unless they do a *wink wink*-style appearance).

Also, Steve Carrell would be a great "Ray".

sorry, the reboot that's in the works is a buddy comedy starring zac efron as ray and jim belushi as slimer.


i will stab Jim Belushi in the neck.
 
2012-02-13 11:03:56 PM  

Craptastic: I'd be OK with a Ghostbusters reboot. I just wouldn't want it to star any of the original actors (unless they do a *wink wink*-style appearance)


Oh God.

This is probably where it's all heading. Just fit Seth Rogan for a jumpsuit and proton pack right now and get it over with. Suit up that dry kid from Juno and McLovin would make a great Egon. They'll need a female Ghostbuster of course so get the blonde who's in all those Apatow movies, the one who's pushng 40 but is still cute, no, the other one. There's your cast. Action.
 
2012-02-13 11:04:10 PM  

Craptastic: thomps: Craptastic: I'd be OK with a Ghostbusters reboot. I just wouldn't want it to star any of the original actors (unless they do a *wink wink*-style appearance).

Also, Steve Carrell would be a great "Ray".

sorry, the reboot that's in the works is a buddy comedy starring zac efron as ray and jim belushi as slimer.

i will stab Jim Belushi in the neck.


well that's a pointless endeavor. he's made of ectoplasm.
 
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2012-02-13 11:05:41 PM  

ODDwhun: It is expensive, but it is worth it. It's damn good. Much more worth the extra money than say Gray Goose or Belvedeere, but still wont drink it everyday.


It's alcohol and water. By law. How well filtered is that water?
 
2012-02-13 11:05:42 PM  

Mugato: Craptastic: I'd be OK with a Ghostbusters reboot. I just wouldn't want it to star any of the original actors (unless they do a *wink wink*-style appearance)

Oh God.

This is probably where it's all heading. Just fit Seth Rogan for a jumpsuit and proton pack right now and get it over with. Suit up that dry kid from Juno and McLovin would make a great Egon. They'll need a female Ghostbuster of course so get the blonde who's in all those Apatow movies, the one who's pushng 40 but is still cute, no, the other one. There's your cast. Action.


i believe you are referring to judd apatow's wife. and if you cast her, you have to write in roles for her two daughters, because that's a package deal.
 
2012-02-13 11:07:41 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: There was a Ghostbusters 2?



Allegedly.
 
2012-02-13 11:11:07 PM  
I'm going to lay it out:

People want a Ghostbusters 3 with the cast they remember. To be blunt: About 20-25 years younger. Ghostbusters 2 was good, but the first movie was fantastic. If Aykroyd wants to keep milking this thing I have zero problems with him bringing back the cartoon; there's enough lore and room in the GB universe to keep stories coming for decades. But I'd rather keep my childhood memories intact than see them driven over with an SUV like what happened with Die Hard 4 and Indy 4. Both were well-intentioned, ill-conceived sequels to 80s-90s franchises that banked on nostalgia first, dragging actors back into roles they seemed kind of tired of second, and story 3rd.

That last one should be first. If the video game released in 2010-ish was any indication of the story Aykroyd wants to tell in the movie, he really shouldn't. It was barely strong enough to support the game, it would never fly in a movie.

/ Too much GB1 fanwanking
// Way too much
/// Still played the hell out of it
 
2012-02-13 11:12:13 PM  
It just wouldnt be Venkman if its not Murray...but at the same time I too believe the movie would be a suck fest, and cant fault him for opting out.
 
2012-02-13 11:15:51 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: referring, of course, to how Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan franchise was passed from actor to actor without any noticeable box office damage or fan outcry

Oh, there was a difference. There was a BIG difference. Actually, the only Ryan flick that I liked was the first one; Red October.


I liked the first one the best too, but they replaced him with HARRISON frickin FORD. And the role of Jack Ryan wasn't specifically written for Alec Baldwin, so there's that.

Who are they gonna get to replace Murray, for whom the part was originally written? Maybe his brother John Murray, from the delightful 1985 comedy Moving Violations? That'd be a treat.
 
2012-02-13 11:22:00 PM  

Shenanigans!: JasonOfOrillia: referring, of course, to how Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan franchise was passed from actor to actor without any noticeable box office damage or fan outcry

Oh, there was a difference. There was a BIG difference. Actually, the only Ryan flick that I liked was the first one; Red October.

I liked the first one the best too, but they replaced him with HARRISON frickin FORD. And the role of Jack Ryan wasn't specifically written for Alec Baldwin, so there's that.



Yeah, the Jack Ryan thing is a pretty bad example. Alec Baldwin played the character competently I guess but he was playing a character. Bill Murray's Venkman is Bill Murray. He's playing himself, or at least his on screen persona at the time. Anyone else playing the character would be doing an impression of Bill Murray and no one wants to see that. Just like no one is going to want to see the upcoming Three Stooges movie where three guys do impressions of the Three Stooges. That just doesn't work.
 
2012-02-13 11:22:38 PM  
Bill Murray would only have worked as a ghost.

That being said, who owns the rights to his character as Dr Peter Venkman. I think the lawyers need to be called up, but they could bust his ghost.
 
2012-02-13 11:22:45 PM  
Here's how I see it:

Kevin James, playing dual roles.

First as a Ron, a seasoned professional ghostbuster, set to carry the torch for the next generation.

And also done up in a wig and makeup playing his own wife, Ramona, the first female addition to the ghostbuster team!

Will Ron be OK with Ramona muscling in to his workplace? Will the rest of the ghostbusters see past Remona's clumsy start and accept her as part of the team? Can Ron and Ramona save the day...and their marriage??

You won't believe the zany ghostbusting antics!

did I mention they have a family full of precocious kids that move into the fire-station? Ghostbusting is scary stuff for a kid!

Coming summer 2013 in eye-popping 3D

Ghostbusters 3: Bigger! Badder! Slimier!
 
2012-02-13 11:24:41 PM  

Mugato: Just like no one is going to want to see the upcoming Three Stooges movie where three guys do impressions of the Three Stooges.


seriously, if the three stooges wanted other people to play them, they would have had a revolving door of line-ups.
 
2012-02-13 11:30:50 PM  
Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and Rob Schneider.

/What has been cast, can not be uncast.... sorry.
 
2012-02-13 11:32:59 PM  
No Murray = no Ghostbusters. Period. I love you Dan, even despite every failure you've had since...let's not try to go down that road, becaue it's long, and dark, and probably a lot of icky. But the point is you can't do it. No one is gonna replace Bill Frickin' Murray. Reboot? Maybe. The aforementioned killing-you-all-off as part of a reboot idea? Merited. But don't try and be Ray without Pete. Hell, I don't even think Igon can pull off Igon being as heavy as he is now. Even if you got Bill, I'd still say no. It's not worth ruining the legacy.
 
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