If you’re anything like ye olde intrepid writer, the very notion of Bill Murray singing anything – let alone praise for his latest film –might well be worth the price of admission alone. Questions immediately come to mind, of course: Does Bill take musical requests? Will he duet with cello maestro Jan Vogler (who, believe it or don’t, Murray has actually performed with on tour…)? Where can a dedicated fan such as myself purchase Bill’s version of Elvis Costello’s (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? But no, the song Murray is reportedly singing is not to be found at your local record shop or as a digital download on the internet, but rather is a song of praise for the upcoming and very eagerly awaited latest film in the long dormant Ghostbusters franchise, Ghostbusters: Afterlife; This according to our horror-minded compatriots over at Bloody Disgusting News.
Although not due to be unleashed into theaters until November 11, 2021, Bill Murray is already stumping for director Jason Reitman’s sequel/soft-reboot in the media, sharing his thoughts on his return to the part of Ghostbuster Peter Venkman.
The Oscar nominated actor said that he has a distinct memory of Reitman approaching him to return to the role that put him on the map back in 1984: “…he had a really, really wonderful idea that he wrote with another wonderful guy that I got to work with, Gil Kenan, who made City of Ember. The two of them wrote a Ghostbusters movie that really brings it back to life.”
The Ghostbusters franchise had its moment in the sun during the 1980s with two successful films and a veritable barrage of merchandising that ran the gamut from video games to comic books. The series ran fallow after the 1989 sequel and completely flew off the tracks with an ill-advised revamp from director Paul Feig. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is considered by most die-hard Ghost-heads a genuine return to form for the classic comedy.
Murray went on to say that “It really has the feel of the first one, more than the second one or the (2016) one. It has a different feel than two out of four. I think he’s really got something.”
High praise indeed from an actor notoriously press-shy.
Originally set to be released in July of 2020 until a wee global pandemic forced a delay, Ghostbusters: Afterlife will now be haunting your local multiplex this November!