Rumor: Bill Murray Out, and John Hodgman is NOT in 'Ghostbusters 3'

September 15, 2011
Source: io9

John Hodgman

With the original film slated to return to theaters next month, and Dan Aykroyd having at least one potential cast member in mind, there's a good chance Columbia Pictures might finally be gearing up to get Ghostbusters 3 off the ground. And while there's been endless talk about Bill Murray holding up the sequel, a new rumor suggests that the film may finally happen without the actor starring in the film. On the latest episode of The Best Show with comedians Tom Scharpling and John Hodgman ("The Daily Show"), an oddly specific question was posed by the latter comedian about a potential role in the sequel. Read on!

Thanks to io9 for stumbling upon the interesting conversation that had Hodgman posing this question:

"If you were hypothetically offered a role in 'Ghostbusters 3' would you take the role? Let's say you're [playing] sort of the dissolute son of Egon, the Harold Ramis character, and you're kind of like John Candy in 'Splash,' you're kind of a mess. But it turns out you're a natural ghost-whisperer, a natural psychic. But here's the thing: Bill Murray's not going to be in this movie, and probably not happy that you are. But you get to be in a major role, in a major movie and one of the greatest franchises of all time. Would you do it?"

It certainly sounds like Hodgman has been offered this oddly specific role, and the casting sounds pretty spot-on if you ask me. Of course, it's sad to hear that Murray may not be around to reprise his role as Dr. Peter Venkman as he's certainly one of the strongest pillars of the paranormal hunting team. Of course, the idea of Hodgman as Egon's son is quite intriguing, but I'm just not sure anyone wants Ghostbusters 3 without Bill Murray except for maybe Columbia Pictures. The crowds that turn up for the theatrical re-release of the original film should be a good indicator of interest in the sequel, but I think we all want Murray on board, even if it's just a cameo. But this film could just be stuck in development hell for years to come, so who knows what will happen. Thoughts?

UPDATE: John Hodgman updated his Twitter to say that this was just a little joke saying, "I AM NOT APPEARING IN GHOSTBUSTERS 3. That was a radio #fakecastingnews joke." So there you have it. Ghostbusters 3 is still dead in the water.

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Never heard of this actor. Straight to DVD.

Katarzyna Nowak on Sep 15, 2011


Exactly .. casting a no-name? ouch.

Anonymous on Sep 15, 2011


I'm going to be really disappointed if they make Ghostbusters 3 with a bunch of unknown actors as well as not bringing back Bill Murray. Those three guys and woman that Dan Aykroyd mentioned better be hip, young, rising stars like Shia LaBeouf, Anton Yelchin or from the cast of Gossip Girl or One Tree Hill.

Ashford on Sep 15, 2011


Hip, young, rising stars? Gossip Girl or One Tree Hill? I hope you were having an aneurism when you posted this, because if they try to CW up the Ghostbusters franchise then I'm going to punt somebody in the berries.

Jaleel White on Sep 15, 2011


You punt, and I'll make the extra point attempt, with extra pointy shoes. Hip, young rising stars. Go back to watching gossip girl panzi.

The Douche on Sep 15, 2011


Bill Murray is the movie.

Jesse Bangerter on Sep 15, 2011


What??  No Bill Murray?  I hope that's going to prove to be a false rumor.  If it ends up being true, they could always cast his brother in a similar role.  It worked with Jim Belushi in Blues Brothers 2000, didn't it?   >.> If anyone thinks I'm serious, I'm going to be really disappointed.

Jedi on Sep 15, 2011


John Hodgman would be PERFECT for this movie. If you don't know who he is, you should. He's a funny dude.

Jaleel White on Sep 15, 2011


John Hodgman isn't funny, he's a tool. If you want to screw this up then I guess you can add him.

The Douche on Sep 15, 2011


I'm not sure you know what a tool is. It's fine if you don't like the guy, but please, for the love of slang, don't call him a tool.

Jaleel White on Sep 16, 2011


It would have to be a powerhouse script to have a bunch of no-names. I'm starting to lose my faith in this Ghostbuster 3 coming by because this was what happened with Indiana Jones when the rumors started back in '98 i believe then a decade later they eventually came out with the film but in a sense it was too late since Harrison was already too old to play the role he didn't even look like he had the strength to punch a guy. It would be disturbing to see the previous cast too old to run around with proton packs on their backs chasing ghosts all over the city. Cameos from the previous cast would be a good idea to have some involvement in a ghost that's looking for revenge with new blood running around proving themselves to be worthy then the  gauntlet being passed on to them. My ideas for cast possibly Justin Timberlake being the smart mouth in the group with Jesse Einsenberg playing an overly obsessive scientist. If Ghostbusters 3 is as funny as zombieland then I'm all for it. I'm not expecting people to agree with me but I was just throwing out my 2 cents, don't hate.

Anonymous on Sep 15, 2011


Anyone who is suprised by these events is a fucking idiot. This was always going to happen. Wanna know why? BECAUSE IT ISN'T 1987 ANYMORE. Yes, Ghost Busters has a large cult following, but that doesn't mean shit to the mouth breathers in flyover states (whome every film is made for these days). The studio will produce this thing to make money, so get ready for Ghost Busters with Taylor Lautner or someshit. That awful comment above about casting those fucks from One Tree Hill is probably the most realistic comment in this thread. 

Lebowski on Sep 16, 2011


see? bill murray knows whats up. don't mess with classics.

Anonymous on Sep 16, 2011


bill marry gonna be in the movie

Michael Murphy on Sep 16, 2011


bill marry is gonna be in the movie

Michael Murphy on Sep 16, 2011


What happened to the Bill Murry coming back as a ghost rumor you guys posted a few months back? I loved that idea!!

Richie G on Sep 16, 2011


Am I the only one that think Bill Murray is a prick?

Andy Ortega on Sep 17, 2011


No, you're not the only one. There's a guy in Oregon (forgot his name). The rest of us think he is most certainly feline nightwear.

DaveOlden on Sep 18, 2011


Living for ourselves can from our own eyes, seem good. In reality, we're blind and such is foolish and harmful. There is nothing to share, no light to shine for anybody else who sees only darkness for their own lives. This is for Bill Murray's eyes, but it has nothing to do with Ghostbusters. Who is the author of our dreams? Ultimately, it is not us. To know who or Who that author is, first examine who is served. Oh, the tangled webs we always weave when we practice to deceive!! Woe for time spent keeping up appearance­s! Squandered­, is time for positive influences­! Woe, for the darkness inside a heart so black; diseased with pride! Oh, such needless fear and woes, while the foolish vainly dig their holes! Oh, the sad truth of it all. Always the proud by their hands fall! Why discuss your suffering and strife? Because your example could save someone life! Some don’t care who they inspire. Their hearts are dead with self-desir­e!

Random poster on Sep 19, 2011

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