Monday, June 17, 2024

UPDATE Exclusive Ghostbusters News: Bill Murray’s Surprise Character in All Female Reboot


UPDATE Imagine my surprise when Vulture (NY Magazine) writes that there’s a “rumor” Murray won’t be playing Peter Venkman. No credit to this column, which broke the story below. Very lame, I think.
Here’s the original story:

August 30th– 7:17PM– The new all female “Ghostbusters” is pretty much finished filming, with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon in charge of ridding the world of poltergeists.

We know that Chris Hemsworth is playing the role of the office secretary originally created by Annie Potts.

But what about Bill Murray? What’s his role? Is he still Dr. Peter Venkman, one of the chief ghostbusters (along with Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and the late Harold Ramis)?

The answer is no. SPOILER ALERT According to our sources, Murray plays an all new character, an actual debunker of Ghostbusters. His new character is not a believer in the power of ghostbusting and needs some convincing. The question is, Will he meet his doom by not backing the ladies in their endeavor?

The new “Ghostbusters” is directed by Paul Feig and due next year.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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