Bill Murray to Play FDR but Not Peter Venkman?
03.31.11 by Ryan
According to a report by New York Magazine's Vulture blog, Bill Murray has agreed to play the late U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park On the Hudson, an adaptation of the British radio play. The movie, first reported by Deadline last week, would center on FDR's love affair with his distant cousin, Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, and would be set around a weekend in 1939 when Roosevelt was visited by the King and Queen of Britain (the same monarchs depicted in the Oscar-winning The King's Speech).
Hyde Park On the Hudson was adapted by Richard Nelson from his own play, and will be directed by Roger Michell (Morning Glory), with production starting in July.
What Murray still isn't attached to is the long-awaited sequel, Ghostbusters III. The script, from The Office's Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, has already been completed but Murray admitted in February that he hasn't read it, despite director Ivan Reitman pressuring him to do so.
Deadline reports that Murray still hasn't read the script, or, if he has, he hasn't contacted Sony Pictures to let them know. The private actor usually takes his time choosing projects, but, as Murray himself pointed out, it's up to him to read the script so the sequel can either start or be canceled. Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Sigourney Weaver are all set to return.
The Deadline report also casts some doubt that Murray is set for Hyde Park On the Hudson, but that question will be answered when cameras start rolling this July.