Bill Murray's Rollercoaster Ride with the Ghostbusters Franchise

News - 16 November 2023
Bill Murray has had his fair share of instances where he was lured into taking on a role in a film under false pretenses. One such example is when he agreed to voice the character Garfield in the animated film, thinking that the script was written by one of the Coen brothers. However, it turned out that this was not the case at all.

Similarly, when he signed on for Ghostbusters II, the film that was presented to him was not what he had anticipated. Despite these experiences, Murray is now set to reprise his role as Peter Venkman for the fourth time in the upcoming film Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire.nnIt is interesting to note that Murray was initially hesitant to even consider a sequel to the original Ghostbusters film.

In a candid interview, Murray admitted that he had no desire to revisit the role of Venkman, stating that he was not in any rush to make a second film. He believed that the only motivation for anyone to want a sequel was purely for financial gain. However, his perspective changed when the original cast was assembled to hear a pitch for a sequel that was described as "really great.

" This pitch managed to convince Murray that Ghostbusters II could potentially be worth his while.nnUnfortunately, this optimism was short-lived as Murray soon discovered that the story that was presented to him was not the one that they ended up filming. He felt deceived, expressing his dismay at the situation by stating, "In the end, it wasn't the story they wrote.

They got us involved in the sequel under false pretenses." Despite his reservations, Murray realized that they were already committed to the project and had to find a way to make it work.nnIn more recent years, Murray made a brief appearance in the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, but it wasn't until 2021 that he officially returned as Venkman in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

Now, fans of the original Ghostbusters franchise can look forward to seeing Murray and the rest of the original cast in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, the sequel to Afterlife. Dutch audiences can catch Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire in cinemas starting March 28.nnOverall, Murray's journey with the Ghostbusters franchise has been a tumultuous one, filled with moments of skepticism and uncertainty.

However, his enduring portrayal of the iconic character Peter Venkman has cemented his place in the hearts of fans worldwide. As he gears up for his fourth outing as Venkman in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, it is evident that Murray's commitment to the role and the franchise as a whole remains unwavering.