Bill Murray starred in Ghostbusters thirty years ago, and he doesn't want to star in any future Ghostbusters productions. However, that hasn't stopped the funny man and actor from discussing the possibility of a remake with an all-female cast. And what an amazing cast that would be.
"I'm fine with it; I'd go to that movie," he said during an interview with The Toronto Star at the Toronto International Film Festival, where his drama/comedy with Melissa McCarthy, St. Vincent, premiered. "They'd probably have better outfits, too."
Bill Murray even shared the names that immediately came to mind when he imagined that Ghostbusters all-female cast.
"Melissa (McCarthy) would be a spectacular Ghostbuster," Murray said, mentioning his latest co-star first. "And Kristen Wiig is so funny. God, she's funny!"
Word spread quickly, it seems, throughout those present at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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That's not all, however.
"I like this (Mad Men's) Linda Cardellini a lot. And Emma Stone is funny. There are some funny girls out there," he added.
Kristen Wiig even replied.
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Do you suppose Sony will heed Bill Murray's suggestions and produce a new Ghostbusters with his all-female list of characters? It would likely have a box office draw, but probably nothing compared to the original.
Ghostbusters was a supernatural comedy film, first released in 1984. It was written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, and in addition to Bill Murray, starred Dan Akyroyd, and Harold Ramis. The film was originally scripted to include parts for John Belushi and John Candy. John Belushi's death and Candy not opting in forced some re-writing. A huge box office success, Ghostbusters was nominated for two Oscars, but didn't win.
Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy will appear in theaters next month in St. Vincent, where Murray plays the role of a retired, drunken war veteran--who also likes to gamble. McCarthy's character--his new neighbor--recruits him to watch over her 12-year-old son. Murray's character's ideas of after-school entertainment are vastly different from those of McCarthy's.
While fans might be a bit disappointed to learn Bill Murray won't appear on the big screen in a new Ghostbusters, they will no doubt enjoy seeing him alongside Melissa McCarthy. St. Vincent opens in U.S. theaters on October 10th, and looks to be perfect vintage Murray--almost akin to his What About Bob? persona.