Posted on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 by Angie Han
We’ve got some bits and pieces on some upcoming sequels for you today, from the substantiated (Ghostbusters 3) to the purely theoretical (Inception 2). Let’s dive right in.
We’ve been reporting for a while now that Bill Murray is the major holdup on Ghostbusters 3. The studio doesn’t want to move forward without him, but Murray’s been putting off reading the script for several months at this point. Well, prepare to keep waiting. Murray acknowledged yesterday that he is, in fact, the roadblock — and he still hasn’t read the script: “Yeah, I guess I’m the problem. Before I was an asset, [but] now I’m a problem. There’s a script somewhere [on my desk], but I haven’t read it yet.” More Murray, plus Tom Hardy and G.I. Joe 2, after the jump.
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When we last left the long and arduous development-hell known as Ghostbusters III, everything hinged on the shoulders of one man: Bill Murray. A script by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky was reportedly sent to Dr. Peter Venkman himself a few months ago and Sony will only move ahead with the movie if Murray signs off on it.
The latest update is that there is no update. Murray supposedly hasn’t even read the thing yet. But two men with knowledge of the film have recently spoken out about the situation. Producer Joe Medjuck attended a screening of Ghostbusters at Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood last week and co-writer Eisenberg spoke at his alma mater Connecticut College. Each offered their thoughts on the current state of the film.
Hit the jump to read their quotes about Murray, developing the script, watch a video of the Q&A and see the full fan-made poster glimpsed above that was created by “Gh0stbuster.” Read More »
Briefly: Let’s rewind all the back to the early days of December 2010. That’s when Ernie Hudson said that Bill Murray is part of the holdup around Ghostbusters III. “I know he really cares about his work,” Hudson said, “which is probably why there hasn’t been another Ghostbusters as of yet. Dan and Harold are working on the script. If it happens we will see but Bill has been the hold up. His definition of good is a little bit different than everybody else’s.”
Turns out he may have been right. Sure, Ivan Reitman is out there stumping for the movie just as Dan Aykroyd and others have been. But if a new report is to be believed, there’ll be no movie without Bill Murray. If he doesn’t nod and smile and sign, then the movie doesn’t happen. Ivan Reitman just said that the script was truly just finished, and has been sent to Murray. So if his definition of ‘good’ lines up, then Slimer will pop out of his hole, not be scared by his shadow, and the show will go on. Oops, sorry. Getting my Murray movie metaphors mixed. We’ll have real news on the film just as soon as there is some.
There’s been a lot of indirect word about Ghostbusters 3 over the past two years, mostly via tubthumping from Dan Aykroyd and amusing dismissals of the project from Bill Murray. One person from whom we haven’t heard much is Ivan Reitman, director of the original film and the man contracted to direct the third.
Now Mr. Reitman says that “”Virtually everything you’ve read on the internet [about Ghostbusters 3] is not accurate.” What does that mean? Read More »
Dan Aykroyd seems to be massaging the truth when it comes to Ghostbusters 3. He has no problem talking about the long gestating and perma-rumored project, but even when the co-writer, co-star and co-producer offers up a supposed confirmation, it has to be taken with a grain of salt. Last month, for example, he “confirmed” some casting rumors that actors like Bill Hader and Anna Faris were being considered for roles in the new film.
The Playlist went right to the source and asked Hader about these rumors. Guess what? He has no idea what Aykroyd is talking about. That doesn’t mean Aykroyd is lying, just that the process isn’t nearly as far along as he made it sound. Read Hader’s quote and more after the jump.
UPDATE: Anna Faris has commented too. Read about it below.
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Lot of small sequel rumblings and rumors are flying about, so let’s kick things off with one of the few bits that has a substantiated quote. Speaking to MovieMikes, Ernie Hudson says that Bill Murray is part of the holdup around Ghostbusters 3. “I know he really cares about his work,” the actor says, “which is probably why there hasn’t been another Ghostbusters as of yet. Dan and Harold are working on the script. If it happens we will see but Bill has been the hold up. His definition of good is a little bit different than everybody else’s.”
Fortunately, the balance of his work over the past few years (even factoring in stinkers like Garfield and Passion Play) Bill Murray’s definition of ‘good’ is pretty much…good. I’ll take a Bill Murray failure like City of Ember over Year One.
After the break, news and rumors on the long-rumored Trainspotting sequel, the Alien prequel(s) and Scream 4. Read More »