It’s only a matter of time before every project in Hollywood grinds to a halt awaiting Bill Murray’s go-ahead. Which is as it should be. Vulture reported yesterday that Murray will play FDR in an film adaptation of the radio play Hyde Park On The Hudson, which will span the 1939 visit to America by Britain’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. However, director Roger Mitchell and the rest of the cast and crew might be tentatively ringing Murray’s doorbell this July to see if they should get his trailer ready, as it remains unclear if Murray is completely signed-on as of yet.
This morning, Deadline claims Bill Murray hasn’t confirmed FDR; while Focus Features has told the cast and crew the project is moving forward, Murray has not indicated whether he has read the final script. Ghostbusters 3 is caught in a similar kind of limbo, though in both cases Murray has taken steps to reassure the media that he will read and respond to the projects just as soon as he feels like it. The difficulty in nailing down Murray’s involvement is compounded by the fact he no longer has an agent after dropping CAA, though of course he could could probably just check his email if he really wanted to get back to everyone anytime soon.