Aykroyd: Ghostbusters III Can Happen Without Bill Murray

12:48 PM, Dec 7, 2012   |    comments
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With Bill Murray's latest film, "Hyde Park on the Hudson," in theaters now, it's his most famous movie that is grabbing the attention. 

More specifically, it's the notorious third installment of Ghostbusters that has folks online searching for details after Esquire's new interview with the original's co-star and co-writer Dan Aykroyd

For the last couple of years, Aykroyd and director Ivan Reitman have been interviewed talking about the long-awaited Ghostbusters III. In August 2011, they were reported as saying they only needed Bill Murray to read the script and sign off.

That never happened.

Each of the principal actors have a stake in the franchise and a say in whether it happens, which is partially how Bill Murray's reluctance to do another film has stalled the effort.

The biggest bombshell in the interview, says the Christian Science Monitor, that Murray has lost his rights to the franchise.

And that clears the way for the "three-quel." 

However, if Sony doesn't move quickly, Entertainment Weekly points out, there might not be a movie to make because the other big names--Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and director Ivan Reitman--will move on to other projects.

As for Murray's current project, 'Hyde Park on Hudson,' the actor is getting rave reviews for his performance as President Franklin D. Roosevelt but the reception for the film itself is mixed at best.

The film tells the story of King George VI's 1939 visit to America and FDR's supposed affair with his sixth cousin, Daisy, portrayed by Laura Linney. The "energetic" Eleanor Roosevelt is played by Olivia Williams, reteaming her with Murray, her love interest in Wes Anderson's 'Rushmore.'

USA Today's Claudia Puig says the movie is overhyped and suffers from "Daisy's blank character" which is a problem because we see the events unfold from Daisy's perspective.

The Atlantic goes so far to say 'Hyde Park,' which based on a BBC radio play from Daisy's letters, "plays more like a version of FDR's life as told by TMZ, focusing on naughty details and ignoring the historical implications of the events depicted." The reviewer, Noah Gittell, does seem to appreciate the "rich details in costuming and set design..." 

Kenneth Turan, in the Los Angeles Times, agrees that Daisy is boring--that even "Linney's great gifts as an actress" can't save the character--but says there's plenty to enjoy as the movie "amusingly demonstrates how important performance was for another head of state."

Though 'Hyde Park' has several flaws, New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis says the movie has its moments, praising director Roger Michell who "has fun with the royal visit, and there's an absorbing, intimate scene between the president and the king that could be a coda to 'The King's Speech.'"

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