Wednesday, January 12, 2011

little bits of news: Ghostbusters III, The Hobbit and Castle

A few things have filtered down the pipe over the last couple of days.

Ghostbusters III is still moving forward. According to Ivan Reitman, there is a completed draft of the script and it has been sent to Bill Murray. Murray, it seems, is the last of the original cast who hasn't yet agreed to appear in the movie. Other than that, Reitman says all the gossip that has been circulating on the internet about the project is wrong.

I'm not sure what I think about the whole Ghostbusters III thing. I would really love for it to be wonderful. And I can't help looking forward to it. The original Ghostbusters was so good and so iconic. And even the sequel was pretty good. I'll be heartbroken if the movie sucks.

And yet, my brain keeps supplying Crocodile Dundee III as an example of a long-delayed third movie. I still really enjoy the first two (it's a whole 'child of the 80s' thing) despite the rampant racism, sexism and homophobia. I had to sit through the third one on a plane once, though, and the less said about that piece of garbage, the better.

Here's to hoping.

In other news, Sir Ian McKellan has confirmed that he will appear as Gandalf in The Hobbit. He says that he begins filming on it in February. After all the delays and all the drama, it's nice to hear that there's finally a set date for principal photography.

He also says that shooting will take place over a period of 18 months. As Gandalf, he will have some time away during that period in which he can do other work. It makes me wonder what Martin Freeman's schedule will be like.

Martin Freeman is playing Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, and he has also recently played Watson in the BBC TV series Sherlock. If you haven't yet seen Sherlock, you must. It is a brilliant, modern-day retelling of the Sherlock Holmes stories. So much thought went into how to update the stories and it works magnificently well. The show is funny and clever and just riveting. I can't say enough good about it.

Sherlock had three 90-minute episodes and ended on a cliffhanger. The producers have said there will be a second season, and back in August the BBC announced it is slated to air in the UK in fall of 2011. With Bilbo Baggins being the central character of The Hobbit, it just makes me wonder what kind of schedule Martin Freeman is going to have over the next few months. He'll be racking up air miles like nobody's business, I imagine.

And, lastly, according to Ausiello, there's an early announcement that Castle has been picked up for a fourth season. Hurray! I wasn't particularly worried about it; Castle always seems to be immensely popular and there have been no rumours of trouble. Still, it's always nice to know for sure. TV is a fickle business.

In the announcement, ABC also renewed five other shows: Grey's Anatomy, Modern Family, Private Practice, Cougar Town and The Middle.

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