Oh Ghostbusters 3, how you continue to trouble us. Still stuck somewhere between a Saturday Night Live sketch and actually happening, the third Ghostbusters installment has had more mechanical issues than the beat-up 1988 Chevy Corsica we drove in college. The latest word is that at least Dan Aykroyd is still working on it, and it seems like they may be quietly casting this thing up, perhaps for an early 2012 production start. Now a rumor has been born out of the latest episode of The Best Show, featuring Tom Scharpling and John Hodgman. According to io9, the two discussed Ghostbusters 3 (and ghosts in general) at length earlier this week, leading to Hodgman -- a comedian who you've seen on The Daily Show, as well as in movies like Arthur, Baby Mama and The Invention of Lying -- coming out with a pretty interesting (and detailed) little Ghostbusters 3 tidbit, all but revealing a role he hypothetically may have been offered, as well as the news that Bill Murray won't be in it. Here's the quote:
"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?"
No one is certain whether he's just toying with the rumorville or what (Hodgman later tweeted jokingly that Scharpling had landed the role of Ramis' deadbeat son in Ghostbusters 3, and not him), but everything he said makes sense. It makes sense that a character like that would exist in this new script, and it makes sense that Bill Murray would ultimately turn it down, which may be why the project is still delayed while they figure out how to move forward.
What do you think?
UPDATE: Hodgman took to his twitter to deny the casting rumor, saying, " I AM NOT APPEARING IN GHOSTBUSTERS 3. Nor is @scharpling. That was a radio #fakecastingnews joke."