‘Ghostbusters 3′ Determined to Still Happen, Finds a New Writer
It's been widely reported that Bill Murray is the lone hold-out on the project, which would reunite the Ghostbusters (Dan Aykroyd, Murray, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson), due to a lack of satisfaction with the screenplay(s). 'Office' writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky were hired in 2008 to pen a script, but none of their versions impressed Murray.
In an interview with David Letterman in June, Murray said:
You know, you just gotta have a really good script. It’s hard. Even the second ‘Ghostbusters’ wasn’t as much fun for me as the first one. It’s hard to make a sequel. It’s gotta be really funny, and that first one was just so darn funny.
Even Murray seems keenly aware that the second film isn't as good as the first -- a reassuring sign of his quality assurance standards. Then again, this is also the man who said he signed on to 'Garfield' because he confused writer Joel Coen with Joel Cohen of the Brothers Cohen.
That may or may not have been a joke, but as it turns out, Etan Cohen (not to be confused with Ethan Cohen) is the latest writer attached to the 'Ghostbusters 3' script, according to Variety. Cohen's writing credits include 'Tropic Thunder,' 'Men in Black III,' and 'Idiocracy.' While he has some solid credits on his resume, his drafts of 'Tropic Thunder' and 'Men in Black III' were not the final versions used, so it's hard to say exactly where to give credit where credit is due when it comes to Mr. Cohen's output.
We'll know soon enough whether Mr. Murray finds Mr. Cohen's abilities up to snuff when we inevitably report that Bill Murray has sent yet another 'Ghostbusters 3' script to his paper shredder. Related: If you're in the market for a durable paper shredder, we think Bill Murray is probably the dude to ask.