Currently in the UK, Aykroyd was interviewed by Empire Magazine. The inevitable GB3 questions came up of course, but Dan also addressed rumours of Bill Murray shredding the script, and hinting at possibly replacing him.
Dan Aykroyd has tweeted to his fans that he’s caught a flight to New York, where Bill Murray is playing FDR, to “find him.”
It’s possible he’s just pulling our leg – in which case, someone needs to teach the man some Internet shorthand, like LOL, or j/k, or 😛 – but it’s an awesome dig, regardless. And if it’s true, man, try and picture that meeting…
The omni-present LA cameras of TMZ caught up with Ernie Hudson recently, and talk turned to GB3. Hudson confirmed he’d heard all the same rumours as us, but has not as yet been made a formal offer. All in all, he couldn’t say for certain if the movie would get made, though I don’t know that anyone should expect him to know that.
TMZ doesn’t have embedded video – you’ll have to go to their site to watch it. Sorry about that.
Yesterday everything was aflutter online, as Ivan Reitman, while promoting his new film, No Strings Attached was asked (you can always see this coming) about Ghostbusters 3, to which he replies that Bill Murray has seen the script. Ashton Kutcher, Reitman’s No Strings star, jokes, “He’s seen the cover!” – This gives Ivan a chuckle before ending with “So… fingers crossed.” This was taken to mean Murray had read the script by most, but it turns out Ashton was closest to the truth.
While talking, quite frankly, with Howard Stern this morning, Murray talked about Ghostbusters 3
Howard Stern: Is it true that there is a Ghostbusters 3 and that you’re the problem and you will not sign off on this? Do you know about this?
Bill Murray: 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.
Robin Quivers: So you have no interest?
BM: Well, I’ll get to it… I gotta get to it – I feel bad. I got a message and I think people – I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings – it’s not the foremost thing in my mind, so I don’t think about it.
You know, the studio gets excited every 10 years or so. What they’d really like to do is recreate the franchise. I remember when the new Ghostbusters was going to be Chris Rock, Chris Farley and Chris Crane… Kris Kringle… someone [laughs] – that had it together.
HS: Is that a threat to you? In other words, did they try to threaten you by saying we’re going to put together a new Ghostbusters and therefore you guys will have to go do it?
BM: It’s not a threat, it’s sort of businesslike – they’d like to keep it going. There are still kids today that watch this movie and love it, it’s still very popular. They still sell a lot of toys and everything.
Thanks to Steven Hough and Hayden Gilbert for the links!
First off, big thanks to Jason and Hayden for the heads up.
Early this morning featurefilmauditions.com posted that casting has begun in Los Angeles and Chicago for Ghostbusters 3. It’s exciting news, but continues without official context – Feature Film Auditions uses the quote from the Italian Sony rep in its article set-up – a quote that Sony has yet to officially confirm. That said, the auditions listing contains a number of interesting details that give it the heft of a real listing, such as the listing of
Dan Aykroyd’s Harold Ramis’ production company, Ocean Pictures.
As well, the article lists Richard Mento as the LA casting head – Mento has a solid resume of casting for teen-to-twenty-something films, including Youth in Revolt. As well, the timing is about right for a film due – allegedly – to begin shooting in the Spring of 2011.
[UPDATE] It’s looking like bad text layout may have skewed my read – Instead of Richard Mento from the Joanna Colbert Casting Agency, it appears it’s Richard Mento / Joanna Colbert casting. Meaning, Mento may not be the casting lead. In fact, hints have been made that Joanna Colbert is more likely to be the principle casting director in this case, but again, this is all unconfirmed.
Two details are unique. The first is the inclusion of Anna Faris as one of the new team of Ghostbusters. The other is that filming will take place in LA… and Chicago? This isn’t a crazy idea, if you consider that Ocean Pictures and Harold Ramis are based in Chicago. Not to mention Aykroyd’s love of the city. But this flies in the face of an iconically New York film Franchise. Perhaps production has decided it’s time to write a ghosty love-letter to a new city. Or maybe Chicago is where the new team is sent, either as a satellite office or for a particular bust.
The long awaited “Ghostbusters 3” is finally set to go into production early 2011. Initial casting for the film’s main characters will take place in Los Angeles, and additional casting will be conducted in Chicago, where filming is to take place.
A ragtag group of paranormal researchers reopen their notorious ghost removal service, and a new generation of Ghostbusters is brought on board to be green slimed and trained to contain the mischievous spirits.
I’m filing this under Stay Tuned for now, as there is little to credit or discredit it either way. At face value, it’s certainly curious and mildly exciting.
[UPDATE] It’s been pointed out that Chicago is, in recent years, a popular stand-in for New York. Given the logistical problems filming in New York on the previous two movies, it’s not unreasonable to posit that Chicago will stand in for non-specific exteriors, minimizing the need to film in New York, and allowing production to focus their time film exteriors at places like the firehall.
[UPDATE] On Location Vacations, which helps direct travelers to filming locations, has posted the casting news, and have their own update “from an inside source”, saying that production will not be moving to Chicago, and will remain in New York. I’ve heard similar things throughout the day from a couple of sources, so assuming this is all legit, it looks like Chicago will not be doubling as New York – perhaps it’s merely a convenience thing, for Chicago-based Ramis. (shrug)
[UPDATE] WhatsPlaying.com has posted the casting story and they are claiming they have a source that cannot confirm much of anything, other than casting has begun. This would be a second party confirming, unofficially, the original casting listing. Hard to gauge the quality of the sources, but it continues to build into something more than the usual Internet wildfire. We’ll just have to wait and see. In a twist, Hollywood Insider’s source didn’t know anything about Anna Faris, other than Sony likes her (supporting the initial report), but did say that SNL names like Bill Hader and Will Forte were being moved around as well.
[UPDATE] Arrrgh. Give me a hoax or internet hot-air to work with any day. This maybe-maybe not stuff drives me nuts.
Entertainment Weekly has spoken to reps for Anna Faris (as well as Will Forte and pretty much anybody else mentioned recently) and they are NOT cast for the movie… and then they say nothing about the validity of the casting call. That’s like only putting out half-a-fire. And who better to kill bad info than EW? And yet, nothing. Thanks guys. Mind you, EW operates at a level where often certain things aren’t said unless they are cleared (and also, you don’t out-scoop your print mag.)