The Bill Murray Movie That Was Never Released

The Bill Murray film Nothing Lasts Forever had a great cast back then, but never really made it to the big screen.

By Britta DeVore | Released

As MCU fans prepare to watch Bill Murray make his second appearance in a Marvel-based project, many die-hard fans are still waiting for the day when the 1984, Nothing is forever will make his cinema debut. During his upcoming project, to be mortal, may be the postponed Murray-centric production that’s been all the rage lately, we’re here to remind you of the sci-fi dramedy that never was. Despite a killer cast of talent and direction Saturday night live Author Tom Schiller, the film just never made it out of post-production and into theaters.

If you’ve never heard of the project, bear with us because the synopsis is a little wild (we know, we know – wild? In a Bill Murray movie?) in the feature film Zach Galligan (gremlins) stars as Adam Beckett, an aspiring artist living abroad. After gathering the courage to pursue his dreams, Adam returns to New York only to find that the Port Authority has imposed a strange version of martial law and won’t let just any normal Joe into the city.

Bill Murray
Bill Murray in Nothing Lasts Forever

After Adam fails a drawing test given to him by New York’s new dictators, Adam works under the thumb of a domineering boss played by Dan Aykroyd (Nothing but trouble). Luckily for Adam, he quickly befriends a homeless man who shows the aspiring artist that the homeless population actually rules the city and even busses people to the moon. This is where Bill Murray’s character, a bus ticket collector, appears to help Adam on his journey not only to leave Earth for the moon, but also to find his soulmate, Eloy (Lauren Tom).

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Sure, it sounds as crazy as they come, but boy do we wish we’d seen this sci-fi flick! Alongside Zach Galligan, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Lauren Tom, the hilariously futuristic film also featured an ensemble cast from who’s who of old Hollywood, including political satirists Mort Sahl, Anita Ellis (guild), Sam Jaffe (The Asphalt Jungle, The day the earth stood still) and comedian Imogene Coca (Your show of shows).

Also, there was Eddie Fisher (The Eddie Fisher Show, bundle of joy), Rosemary De Angelis (For Peter’s sake), Apollonia van Ravenstein (Seraphita’s journal) and Paul Rogers (the return home). And along with all the big names Saturday night live Creator and comedy producer legend Lorne Michaels was linked Nothing is forever as its producer.

All was going well for the film, which also wrote Tom Schiller, but things hit a wall just before its release in September 1984. While the lack of product certainly let many fans down, especially since there was still no reason why the film never got its proper theatrical release, a book authored by Michael Streeter guided fans through the making of the film.

Titled Nothing is lost forever: the films of Tom Schillerthe author was able to interview all the leading actors and talk to Zach Galligan, Lauren Tom, Bill Murray, Tom Schiller and Lorne Michaels about their time making the film that wasn’t one.

In 2011, a keen fan leaked a copy of the film to YouTube, but (as you can imagine) was quickly slapped with a cease and desist letter from the film’s current copyright holder, Turner Entertainment. Though it may never have had the big Hollywood fanfare premiere it deserved, Nothing is forever received several screenings over the years. From Brooklyn to Los Angeles and even St. Louis, the film received multiple screenings, many with Tom Schiller in attendance and one with Bill Murray alongside.

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With Nothing is forever With no signs of a broad theatrical decline, we’ll have to catch up on our Bill Murray fix some other way. And it seems that we are lucky. Along with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumaniathe comedian has linked his name to two other projects due out sometime in the near future.

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First let’s look at them space jam Actor to star opposite Zac Efron in autobiographical Vietnam War story/buddy comedy adaptation, The biggest beer run of all time. The actor will also star in Aziz Ansari’s directorial debut feature length comedy-drama titled to be mortalwhich was also adapted from a non-fiction story of the same name.

While chances to see Bill Murray and the rest of the cast are from Nothing is forever in the yet to be released film are slim, there’s always a chance as Turner Entertainment still owns the rights to the feature and showed it back in 2015 as part of a special night of features in their Turner Classic Movies.

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