You read that right, a number of Entertainment News websites out there are reporting that Bill Murray has officially signed on for Ghostbusters 3. But before you all get your hopes up, the source of their information isn’t exactly air tight – it’s from a spoof Hollywood News website.
The news broke in the mainstream this past Monday, when Hollywood.com picked up on a story by SuperOfficialNews.com dated November 23rd and decided to run with it as a real news story. WhatCulture.com promptly followed.
Ghosbusters is one of the most iconic movies of the 80′s, if not of all time. Everyone wants this movie to be made and everyone wants the original cast members back together.
Therefore it’s perfectly understandable that the writers of the two inaccurate articles wanted the the story’s to be true – hell, I KNOW it’s spoof news and I still want it to be true.
Fanboyism and Geekdom are powerful drugs.
The article itself, other than being from a spoof website, was written credibly enough. The article even quotes Ghostbusters actor and writer Harold Ramis as saying “Just out of nowhere, I get a phone call from Bill at almost three in the morning on Thursday and he simply said, ‘Yeah, ok, I’m in.’ That’s Bill Murray for you. Surprising and straight to the point.”
It plays on the perception of Billy Murray’s perceived character and adds that much more credibility to the article.
However, as well as checking the source of the information perhaps both websites should’ve caught the fact that despite the article being published on SuperOfficialNews.com on 23rd November, no other entertainment news website had caught onto it since.
With a story this big, you’d expect a lot more internet buzz. That alone would’ve given me pause for thought.
But it doesn’t matter. I guarantee the traffic generated by the news stories is sky high for both websites, because firstly not everybody caught onto the fact that the news is false and secondly, folk in the know are more than a little eager to point out their mistake. It’s human nature, I guess.
It seems that sometimes false, controversial news is much better than the real thing.
Are you eager to see Bill Murray return to Bustin’ Ghosts? Do you think the movie should go ahead without the Peter Venkmen character? Let me know what you think in the comments below – it’d be awesome below.
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