Actor working with 'Lost in Translation' director Sofia Coppola on musical
Bill Murray shows off his singing voice in the closing credits of the Weinstein Co’s “St. Vincent,” when he quietly croons “Shelter From the Storm.” As the film’s director Ted Melfi told Variety, the scene was shot in a single take with Murray and a garden hose, after Harvey Weinstein agreed to pay for the rights to the Bob Dylan melody.
But the legendary comedian doesn’t plan on hanging up his mic just yet. Murray revealed exclusively to Variety that he intends to star in a Christmas special for TV that will be directed by his “Lost in Translation” collaborator Sofia Coppola, where he’ll be performing classic carols.
Like most things involving Bill Murray, the details haven’t been ironed out yet. “It’s not going to be live,” Murray says. “We’re going to do it like a little movie. It won’t have a format, but it’s going to have music. It will have texture. It will have threads through it that are writing. There will be prose.”
He added, “It will have a patina style and wit to it. It will be nice.”
Coppola confirmed the project to Variety. “We’re working on a Christmas special,” she said. “Not sure when it will air, but my motivation is to hear him singing my song requests.”
Bill Murray is featured on this week’s cover of Variety, which is available on newsstands on Tuesday.