According to Screen Rant, the National Inquirer reported that Bill Murray read the Ghostbusters 3 script, shredded it, and sent it back to Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis with a note saying, “No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts!” Read the article at this link and check below for my argument.
Bill Murray Shreds ‘Ghostbusters 3′ Script (Literally) | Screen Rant:
Murray is right about nobody wanting to see fat old guys running around...I'd rather see them as the CEO's of the Ghostbuster's franchise with younger actors and actresses doing the running around and then turning to the original's for wisdom. It's been 20 years since the last time we saw the Ghostbusters. Hopefully, they learned how to run a successful business, aren't doing all the work, and climbed the corporate ladder in their own business. Maybe, they had great financial success but when the economy collapsed, so did their financial empire. They lost all their investors and were left with only a few employees who stick around because they love the paranormal. Also, you can't expect business partners to stick together after that long, people go out on their own ventures...so maybe Venkman moved on to another trade. Maybe he (Venkman) died in a car crash. Maybe Ray died of a heart attack because he smoked too much. Winston probably owns quite a few mechanic shops around NYC by now. Egon still runs the Ghostbusters though. All this stuff can be done with the use of montages of newspaper headlines...like the Ghostbuster films have done in the past. So, you establish where the original Ghostbusters are now. You introduced the new Ghostbusters. Then you need a some sort of villain. Instead of Gozer, Zuul, or Vigo. How about a group of radicals exists, call them spectral terrorists, and they want to shut down the containment unit to create spiritual anarchy. The radicals succeed (similar to shutting down the containment unit in the first film). While the Ghostbusters hunt and track down a bunch of ghosts (more montages with a new and improved Ghostbuster's theme by Bobby Brown or his younger brother Chris) then introduce the big baddie. Someone the Ghostbusters have a history with (use a character from the cartoon~The boogeyman~or have the ghost of Venkman who wants to become a God among spirits...I don't know how to go about the big baddie yet). Then, Ghostbusters save the day after some sort of awkward end battle that may or may not include the original Ghostbusters with the help of a ghostly Ray? I'm not a script writer, but there is a lot of material to work with and I just spit-balled a few thoughts that could be used, probably shouldn't, but they could. I just wanted to point out that anybody with an iota of talent could write an incredible script for this franchise.
This is a franchise that blurred the lines of comedy and horror. It was done really well for the first movie and got a bit cheesy with the second. I'd like to see them blur the line of the genre they created with another genre...hence my terrorist idea. I think this franchise is far from done and fans of the Ghostbusters will always want to see more...with or without Murray, but hopefully with. It's time for a "requel," so bring on Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson (because he saves failing franchises) and get to filming (please do not put the Rock in this movie unless he is a villain). However, I'd like to see Kal Penn and Emma Stone in the cast as young Ghostbusters. So instead of taping those shredded pieces of script back together, start over and start killing off some beloved characters.