Bill Murray Was The Reason Jack Nicholson Came Out Of Retirement

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As the world rejoices at news of Jack Nicholson's loooooooong overdue return to movies last week, it's emerged we have another actor to thank for the end of Jack's semi-retirement.

Bill Murray has revealed he was approached ahead of the Oscar winner to star alongside Ghostbusters star Kristen Wiig in an English-language remake of German comedy Toni Erdmann - but in the end he was too disorganised to reply in time.

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He revealed to CNBC: "I'm in trouble with myself - Kristen Wiig, who I think is so wonderful, sent me something and said, 'Would you look at this thing?'

"I'm just not very organised. For a while I lost it, and then I found it, but I didn't get around to watching this thing that she wanted me to watch. And then she said, 'Well, Jack Nicholson took the job'.

"Well, you know that guy is a poacher, he'll take anything. So I think I'm out of that one."

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It was revealed last week that Paramount Pictures has acquired the remake rights to Toni Erdmann, but is yet to find a director and writer.

The publication also reports that Nicholson was a big fan of the original, which follows a practical joke-loving father attempting to reconnect with his straight-laced daughter by posing as a life coach.

Producers on the remake are Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum, as well as Wiig. Exec producers include Maren Ade, who wrote and directed the German movie, Jonas Dornbach and Janine Jackowski.

Watch the official trailer for Toni Erdmann here: