UPDATED: Seems Hodgman took to the Twittersphere last night to issue a clarification. He has not been offered any such role in Ghostbusters 3, he was merely speculating on a hypothetical actor's dilemma. Nothing to see here. Move along...
Yesterday the great John Hodgman was on WFMU's The Best Show and got into a discussion with host Tom Scharpling about real life ghosts, as well as the proposed third Ghostbusters movie, a movie which Hodgman and Patton Oswalt had both previously dismissed as a terrible idea on that very program. During the discussion, Hodgman put forth the following:
If you were hypothetically offered a role in Ghostbusters 3... would you take the role? Let's say you're [playing] sort of the dissolute son of Egon, the Harold Ramis character, and you're kind of like John Candy in Splash, you're kind of a mess. But it turns out you're a natural ghost-whisperer, a natural psychic. But here's the thing: Bill Murray's not going to be in this movie, and probably not happy that you are. But you get to be in a major role, in a major movie and one of the greatest franchises of all time. Would you do it?Now that's a provocative hypothetical. What's unclear is just how hypothetically Hodgman was actually speaking. If this movie is really going to happen, then I don't hate the idea of Hodgman as Spengler Jr., and I give him credit as an actor for actually considering such a role within a larger context.
This is all still vapor-news right now, little more than rumor and conjecture. I honestly find it unlikely that Sony's actually at the point of offering people roles yet, and even if they were I'd think that surrogate-Venkman would be the place to start. John Hodgman is not going to make or break this terrible idea of a movie.