Ghostbusters sequel director shares humorous Bill Murray text message prompting fan speculation

Following last week’s news that Sigourney Weaver likely won’t be back for the upcoming Ghostbusters sequel, today, we’ve got a quirky social media post from director Gil Kenan that has many talking up the potential return of Bill Murray.

While hardly Ghostbusters news, instead merely fan speculation, Kenan’s Instagram story currently includes a screengrab of a message he received from Murray that asks the age-old question, “What is vegan cheese?”

The random yet entirely thought-provoking query not only led us on a wild Google search to answer Murray but also filled our inbox with fans curious if this could be a coy way of Kenan hinting at Murray’s involvement in the untitled Ghostbusters sequel, which is now being filmed in the United Kingdom.

While Murray’s participation has been speculated for months, including a false tabloid article along with co-star Ernie Hudson seemingly confirming the return of Dr. Peter Venkman, there’s been no official word from Columbia Pictures Ghost Corps. That said, the random Instagram story does fall mere weeks before the annual Ghostbusters Day celebration, taking place on June 8th, with a handful of announcements surrounding the franchise expected.

Gil Kenan and Jason Reitman on set of the untitled Ghostbusters sequel.

Murray and Kenan first worked together in 2008’s City of Ember. They’d reunite for the Jason Reitman-directed Ghostbusters: Afterlife, with Murray’s involvement said to have been tied to his admiration of the Reitman family, working with Jason’s father, Ivan, in Ghostbusters I & II, Meatballs, and Stripes, in addition to his positive working relationship with Kenan.

Reitman and Kenan would co-write the script to Afterlife, with Murray, who, outside of his cameo in the female-led Ghostbusters reboot and voicing the character of Peter Venkman in a 2009 video game, had attempted to distance himself from the franchise. When asked about Afterlife‘s script, in an interview with Vanity Fair, Murray said, “The script is good. It’s got lots of emotion in it. It’s got lots of family in it, with through lines that are really interesting. It’s gonna work.”

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