After years of Ghostbusters 3 talk, Dan Aykroyd finally admitted back in February that the project was in “suspended animation,” due in a large part to his former co-star Bill Murray‘s reluctance to get involved. But rumors of a potential sequel refuse to die, and surprisingly, Murray himself hasn’t exactly been firm about putting them down.

Earlier this spring, he acknowledged that Ghostbusters 3 was “a possibility,” though he wouldn’t elaborate further, and a few days ago, he told David Letterman that “well try again” to get a script together. But don’t hold your breath — Murray still doesn’t seem all that eager to dive in, so the likelihood of cameras rolling in the near future are still very slim. Read his comments after the jump.

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Every time I think the whole back-and-forth about Bill Murray and Ghostbusters 3 is finally drawing to a close, somehow it comes roaring back again. This time, Murray is the one who’s not ruling out the possibility, however small, of his involvement. Also after the jump:

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  • Maggie Grace talks about Taken 2, again

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For a long time now, we’ve watched as Dan Aykroyd tried to bring Ghostbusters 3 into being through sheer force of will. And it almost happened: he scripted one version, then Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (The Office, Year One) wrote a script that Ivan Reitman was almost ready to direct. Aykroyd has been working on that script, and Harold Ramis was on board.

One guy was said to be the primary roadblock: Bill Murray, who according to all reports is not interested in the film. Aykroyd, to his credit, didn’t want to do the movie without the original crew in place. And now Aykroyd admits that Murray isn’t interested in the film, and that it is in “suspended animation” as a result. Read More »

They eventually made a fourth Indiana Jones. That’s what I tell myself each time Dan Aykroyd comes out and speaks, with the utmost confidence, that a third Ghostbusters will eventually be made. Like the Jones sequel, Ghostbusters 3 is a movie that has been long rumored and discussed ad nauseum. So I figure if Spielberg, Lucas and Ford can find a common ground after years of conjecture, the same will probably happen for the Ghostbusters crew.

Of course, we all know the main hold out has been Bill Murray but in the latest twist, Aykroyd suggests they could “Jack Ryan” that role and just make it with someone else. I wonder what Sony has to say about that. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Here’s perhaps the most unusual collection of sequel news we’ll run this month. Let’s start with Atlas Shrugged: Part 2, which producers say will shoot this year and be ready for release in October, the better to take advantage of a charged pre-election political climate.

The first movie was made fast, with an unproven director (Paul Johansson of One Tree Hill, who also played John Galt) handling an adaptation of Ayn Rand‘s gigantic tome about American industry, economics and self-reliance. It did well for a moment in limited release, but was critically savaged and rejected in some respects even by Ayn Rand aficionados.

Producer John Aglialoro says that the second part of a planned three-film adaptation of Atlas Shrugged is going to happen, however. Thing is, it will have a different director in Duncan Scott (who produced an adaptation of Rand’s novel We The Living in 1986) and an all-new cast which will be announced within the next week. So… they thought the first movie sucked, too? [THR]

We’ll have further news when that cast is announced; for now, hit the break for info on much more routine developments that possibly impact the Avatar sequels, the currently-shooting Riddick sequel, and Ghostbusters 3. Read More »

We’re covering a few sequels in very different stages of the development process today — one that’s gearing up to begin shooting soon, another that’s yet to be greenlit, and two more that’ve been in the works for what feels like forever. After the jump:

  • Bill Murray literally shreds the latest Ghostbusters 3 script to pieces
  • David Fincher wants to shoot the two Dragon Tattoo sequels back-to-back
  • Gary Mitchell — or Harry Mudd or Trelane or the Talosians or the Horta — could be the baddie in Star Trek 2
  • Kathleen Kennedy says Roger Rabbit 2 is stalled for now

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John Singleton’s Taylor Lautner film Abduction opens next week and one of his co-stars, Sigourney Weaver, has been doing the interview rounds. Being as she was the female lead in the first two Ghostbusters films, and Ghostbusters 3 is always a topic of geek discussion, the legendary Aliens star is being bombarded with questions about the potential sequel. She was also part of the biggest film of all time, Avatar, and has some info on the eventual sequels, Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. After the jump, read what Weaver had to say about each film but realize they should be considered potential spoilers. Read More »

It’s been a week or two since the last Ghostbusters 3 comment/rumor installment, so here’s a new one to keep you going. John Hodgman, the columnist/actor/comedian who has been very vaguely linked to Ghostbusters 3 in the past, seemingly just gave up what seems to be at the very least a big description of one character in the script. His comments reveal a few things about the movie, and the implication that he is still being pursued as a cast member gives us an idea of what the producers are going for.

Update: the answers to the headline questions are ‘no’ and ‘maybe.’ Check the update after the break. Read More »

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