Bill Murray in Ghostbusters (Columbia Pictures/Sony)
1. The fate of Bill Murray’s character
We’ve talked about how getting Bill Murray to even take a look at the script has always been the biggest challenge when it came to creating a new Ghostbusters movie. It’s funny that after so much time spent avoiding it, Murray finally agreed to take part, and probably had the most fleshed-out role of all of the cameos from the original film’s performers.
In the film (SPOILERS AHEAD, obviously) Murray plays Dr. Martin Heiss, a skeptic and supernatural debunker who insists on seeing real evidence from the Ghostbusters to validate their claims. Frustrated, Erin Gilbert releases a contained ghost, which ends up throwing Heiss out of a window— presumably to his death.
Well, if you were wondering, it turns out that Dr. Heiss survived his fall. In the official tie-in book to the movie, Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal, Heiss actually wrote the foreword. Heiss admits that he was wrong for doubting the Ghostbusters, and if only he’d have believed them, he wouldn’t be saddled with loads of medical debt as a result of his tumble out the window.
What did you think about the new Ghostbusters? Are you hoping for a sequel? If enough parents buy the toys for their children (and the retro ones for themselves), it is likely to happen. And hopefully Murray can come back once again as Dr. Heiss, and not as a ghost, since he has been revealed to have survived.