Only two days after Telegraph.co.uk reported on its website that in November the Polish town Swiebodzin will finish building the 33 meters high statue of Jesus Christ, Access Hollywood revealed on Wednesday that the effigy has already attracted the film industry's attention. Once ready, Polish Jesus Christ will become the tallest in the world and perhaps the most recognizable, too.
Long awaited Ghostbusters III picked up on pace and the fans of the popular franchise should be happy with more and more details coming from producers, director and actors. After Ivan Reitman confirmed in January his role as the film's director, in March Bill Murray gave mixed, yet optimistic signals about his participation in the project, and in October Dan Aykroyd told Vanity Fair that he was working on the screenplay with Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. This Wednesday brought more exciting news.
During his last appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, Bill Murray told the host, "I'd do it only if my character was killed off in the first reel". Then later, in an interview with Coming Soon the actor known from his dislike for sequels stated, "You know, maybe I should just do it. Maybe it'd be fun to do." Talking to Access Hollywood this Wednesday Murray said, "It changes things, you know, I'm in. I'm definitely in. I was hesitant at first. Being in (Ghostbusters) one and two seemed like a lot, the three seemed like beating a dead horse, but Jesus is Jesus. I spoke to Dan (Aykroyd) already and I told him that I want Jesus Christ to kill off my character."
Aykroyd confirmed his co-star's sentiments, "Yes, it's true. Bill will join the cast. We are very excited about this project. Obviously, with these new circumstances we have to shift the story a bit, make some major and minor changes, take it all the way to Poland, but we have time and ultimately we all feel it's going to be worth the time and effort," he told Hollywood Insider. The director is equally excited and in the converstaion with TMZ Ivan Raitman said, "Oh yeah, Jesus as a villain! You're kidding me?! It's awesome. It gives so much more room to dramatize the climax of this production. Besides, it seems that you can't go wrong with Poland, just look at The Shindler's List, or The Pianist. It's a paradise for moviemakers."
Ghosbusters III was set for release for Christmas 2012 but with Jesus Christ in the picture the date is likely to be pushed back, "Timing may be a problem. We have to make many changes. At this time the end of 2012 seems rather unrealistic," said Aykroyd and, when asked why the producers never bothered to use the Brazilian statue of Jesus Christ in the movie, he added, "When you think of Brazil, you think about samba and carnival. Poland, with its troubled history and Eastern European location, has much more somber feel to it. Emotions will fly higher with Polish Jesus."
Both emotions and expectations. After all, once the production hits cinemas across the world, Polish Jesus Christ will have some big footsteps to follow as a destructor and the ultimate villain. With Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and the Statue of Liberty as his predecessors the stakes are high, but so is the 33 meters tall monument.