We preface this whole news piece with the fact that the source is the National Enquirer, so this is to be taken as more allegation than fact.
Bill Murray has been the stick in the mud that has kept Ghostbusters III from getting past the script phase. He is willing read any script Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd send to him, but his demands for a worthy story and a quality script are well known.
Allegedly now that might not ever come to pass. Murray is said to have sent back the most recent script to the production offices, in a box shredded to pieces. Accompanying the shredded screenplay was a note saying:
“No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts!”
That was apparently the straw that broke the camels back and now Ramis and Aykroyd are furious and are set to make the movie with out him.
Obviously this story has a rather outrageous feel to it, and it’s source provides no assurance that it is true, but if it were Murray is being a bit of a jerk.
Many people are excited to see “fat, old men chasing ghosts,” and people would gladly pay. There is reason to have faith in this project, but Murray keeps dashing those hopes, it is like a bad tease and if this is true you have to wonder if Murray ever truly intended to return to the role.