Bill Murray has several award-winning projects to his credit. But the actor’s most misterious role is playing Peter Venkman in the 1984 hit comedy film, Ghostbusters.
Murray was featured in the 1989 film adaptation and the 2016 reboot. He will join his original co-stars in the upcoming film, Ghostbusters: Afterlife. And he recently revealed how the latest film is much different than the last two.
Bill Murray will reprise his role ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’
Murray will return to play Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The film will also feature cameos from his Ghostbusters co-stars, Dan Akroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife follows a pair of young siblings, Phoebe (McKenna Grace) and Trevor (Finn Wolfhard), who move to their late grandfather’s Oklahoma farm. After their small town experiences a series of strange occurrences, the children discover their connection to the Ghostbusters team. Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon and Bokeem Woodbine are also featured.
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The film was originally scheduled for a July 2020 release. But because of the p pandemic, the date was pushed back to November 11, 2021.
‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ was written by Ivan Reitman’s son
When Ivan Reitman directed Ghostbusters in 1984, his son Jason Reitman was only 7 years old. But following in his father’s footsteps, Jason is now an award-winning director. And according to Murray, Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a passion project Jason has been working on for years.
“I remember him calling me and saying, ‘I have an idea for another Ghostbusters, I’ve had this idea for years.'” Murray told Collider. “I thought, ‘What the hell would that be?’ I remember him when he was a kid.”
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“I was really like, ‘What the heck? What does this kid know?” he continued. “But he had a really, really great idea that he wrote with another great guy that I got to work with, Gil Kenan – The two of them wrote a Ghostbusters movie that really brings it back to life.”
Bill Murray says the new film will be different
The Ghostbusters sequel and 2016 reboot are not exactly fan favorites, and they leave many wondering how good the upcoming film will be. But according to Murray, Ghostbuster: Afterlife is much like the original in tone, and will be very different from the last two iterations.
“It really has the feel of the first one, more than the second one or the girls’ one,” he told Collider. “It has a different feel than two of the four – I think it’s coming out sometime in the fall. They delayed it for a year or a year and a half, but I’m glad they did. It will be worth seeing.
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The actor also revealed that the film will feature the Ghostbusters team in their original uniforms – something every fan can get behind.
“It was hard, it was really hard,” Murray added. “That’s why I think it will be good. We only competed for a short time, but it was physically painful. Wearing those suits is very uncomfortable – It’s still a really heavy thing to wear, all the time – Usually, when something has a very high misery quotient, something comes out of that and a certain quality is produced that, if you can capture it and project it, comes out on screen and hits you.”