And suddenly my interest is peaked and my cynicism waned. This is big news.
After months and months of speculation, Bill Murray has officially confirmed that he will indeed be strapping on the proton pack once again to play OG Ghostbuster Peter Venkman in the latest Ghostbusters revival, Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
Murray first appeared on screens as parapsychologist Venkman in the original Ghostbusters (1984) film – released over 35 years ago.
The 69-year-old American actor reportedly agreed to read the script for Ghostbusters: Afterlife last spring and soon after, agreed to take part in the revival as legendary Ghostbuster, Peter Venkman. He told Vanity Fair:
“The script is good. It’s got lots of emotion in it. It’s got lots of family in it, with through lines that are really interesting.”
“It’s gonna work.”
Vanity Fair also revealed that OG Ghostbusters Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson’s returns to the franchise as Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore. The fourth OG Ghostbuster, Harold Ramis, sadly passed away in 2014 at just 69 years old. Murray said:
“Well, we are a man down. That’s the deal.
“And that’s the story that we’re telling, that’s the story they’ve written.”
Vanity Fair actually interviewed Murray on the set of Ghostbusters: Afterlife several months ago. According to the article, Murray and the OG Ghostbusters shot all of their scenes for the film in just over one week. The luckiest journalist in the world writes:
“Murray was definitely on the set at various times during that week last fall, as were Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson, reprising their respective roles as Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Winston Zeddemore. Also visiting the location during that those days were Annie Potts the long-suffering receptionist Janine Melnitz and Sigourney Weaver who played frequent malevolence magnet Dana Barrett.”
The narrative specifics are all being kept closely under wraps; but we’re getting the impression – from the trailer mainly – that the OG Ghostbusters will be passing down their knowledge and unique skillset to the next generation of Ghostbusters, as a new paranormal threat emerges. We’ll just have to wait and see.
“From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman, comes the next chapter in the original ‘Ghostbusters’ universe. In ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’, when a single mum and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind [who is obviously one of the OG Ghostbusters]. The film is written by Jason Reitman & Gil Kenan.”
Story-wise, the film will bring the Ghostbusters universe into the present day and build on the narratives of Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989), which were both famously directed by Reitman’s father, Ivan Reitman. Narratively, it is not linked in any way to the events that took place in 2016’s Ghostbusters (Murray did actually have a small cameo in this film) starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig – which plenty of people are far from happy about.
As well as the OG cast, the latest Ghostbusters revival stars Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon and living-legend Paul Rudd – who is basically playing every OG Ghostbusters fan living in the year 2020 wrapped up in one single loveable geek).
Ghostbusters: Afterlife – but more importantly, Bill Murray as Peter Venkmen – arrives in cinemas 10th July 2020.
Images via Twitter/Jason Reitman, Sony, Columbia Pictures, Getty
Having worked in children's media and publishing for almost a decade, Ben is thoroughly excited to now be able to swear in stories and features. He is such a big fan of Disney and Horror films that he started an LGBTQ+ podcast called 'Once Upon A Scream'. His mum listens. You can contact Ben at [email protected] Twitter: @PulsfordBen / Instagram: @thebenmidlerFollow