Bill Murray Is Going to Be Demoted


The currently recognized ghostbusters are a remade crew. A 1975 children’s television show featured a team of foolish human detectives with a gorilla. They investigated paranormal activity for comic relief and their series was renewed in an animation style. In 1984, the Ghost Busters’ title was taken, and a different production company released its own version. It took off really well. The original gang became lost in time as Murray took it over with his lead role in a movie that became a highly recognizable classic. Now Paul Feig thinks it is a good idea to reproduce the clone by replacing Murray’s team of four men with four women. Murray is going to be demoted from being Peter Venkman. Fans should not worry, though, he will still appear in the movie. Ozzy Osbourne will also show his face, as a lead in a concert scene’s heavy metal band.

At first, Murray was very resistant to appear in any imitation of his most well-known project. He said, “I  would do it only if my character was killed off in the first reel.” As producers got to work on brainstorming and scripting for a third Ghostbusters movie in 2010, Murray was hesitant to join because he “does not like sequels,” and seemed very unenthused and unimpressed with the idea of any other team but his original one. So, the crew started to brew ideas for his replacement. While this was going on, he accepted an award for Zombieland outfitted in the full uniform and gear for specter hunting, which passively spoke against someone else playing the role of Peter Venkman.

Up until this month, Murray has expressed a strong dislike for additional movies, remakes, and recasts of the first film, and did not want to appear in any of them.  He felt the second movie was not as good as the first and recognized that the primary focus was on scrambling for financial success, since the first film made $242 million, which turned into $555.8 million with today’s inflation. The actor was so tenacious that in 2013 Sony had planned “aggressive litigation counsel” against him for not wanting to star as Venkman again. Now female ghostbusters are coming to theaters on July 26, 2016, and subtle, rebellious Murray will appear in their movie playing a minor role. Murray is going to be demoted, but it is hard to predict if his replacement will have what it takes to hunt for specters and effectively vacuum them in a childishly comical way.

As Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, and Melissa McCarthy barge through the classic and enter as the new team, Drew Pierce is working with the original film’s constructors, Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd, to prepare yet another Ghostbusters version, which will be released bearing the title Ghostcorps. This one will be a spinoff of the classic that features a whole new cast of all male characters.

The names of paranormal detectives Kong, Spencer, and Tracy the gorilla have long-lost their meanings. When Murray and his gang marched in, they overrode their names with the pen of audience favoritism, and the new crew was given all of the comical ghost hunting credit. The funeral march for the current team is starting soon as Murray is going to be demoted, and it seems that the end of the line for the second original gang is approaching fast.

By Jarick Roaderick


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