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