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‘Ghostbusters III’ slowly fading away; Demme leaves ’11/22/63′

Apparently, even Dan Aykroyd has a breaking point, and he’s reached it with his long desired attempt at making Ghostbusters III. He’s basically saying that Sony has only a small window left to greenlight the film, or he –and the product he owns- is moving on. The writer has made a personal mission to give the world a third film, whether they wanted one or not, to make up –I think- for the misstep that was Ghostbusters II (a film even Aykroyd admits was bad). But script issues and getting Bill Murray to commit to the film has kept Sony from financing it, despite the fact that director Ivan Reitman is onboard to helm it. After numerous scripts, back in March Aykroyd finally admitted that Murray was never going to do it and in an interview with the British Telegraph he said:”The studio, the director Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis feel there must be a way to do it, but Bill Murray will not do the movie. He doesn’t want to be involved. He’s got six kids, houses all over America. He golfs in these tournaments where they pay him to turn up and have a laugh. He’s into this life and living it. I know we’d have a lot of fun…I can’t be mad at him. He’s a friend first, a colleague second. We have a deep personal relationship that transcends business and he doesn’t want to know.” Then in midsummer, it suddenly looked like the film was ready to go before the cameras in the fall of 2013, but then in October, Sony put the film in turnaround. Now he tells Esquire that if Sony can’t get their act together, he’s moving on and letting that third Ghostbuster film slowly fade away. “[Ghostbusters III] would add quite a bump to Sony’s bottom line, quite a bump. If they make this movie, in its current shape, they would be looking at a pretty hefty, nine-figure return.” He adds: “And so I’m hoping they get on to move it, but if they don’t, I have multiple trains. I’ve got tracks six, seven, and nine, and that’s four. I’ll be moving on to other things, as will Ivan, by the way. We can’t wait forever. Now’s the time to tell the picture company, and I’d say this quite publically, it’s time now to sit down and make this movie, or you will lose your main principals, and you won’t be able to make it without us, because we have rights, and now is time to make the movie … You don’t take advantage of that in the next three or four months, I’ll see you in Australia, where we’ll be selling Crystal Head [Vodka].”

Another epic Stephen King novel is going into turnaround, as Jonathan Demme has dropped out of the adaptation of 11/22/63. Part of the problem is the length of the book -at 842 pages, Demme is clashing with King on what to keep and what to toss out to keep the film in the 2 hour range. “This is a big book, with lots in it. And I loved certain parts of the book for the film more than Stephen did. We’re friends, and I had a lot of fun working on the script, but we were too apart on what we felt should be in and what should be out of the script. I had an option and I let it go. But I hope it’s moving forward, I really want to see that movie.” With its fate now up in the air, there still a chance someone else can be brought in to rework the script. But it’s been know some films that suffer this fate have a tendency to lose whatever momentum they had.

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