In 1984, "Saturday Night Live" alumnus Bill Murray got savaged by critics for attempting a serious dramatic role in the remake of the 1946 Tyrone Power classic "The Razor's Edge" and has stuck with comedy ever since. But he may be heading into treacherous critical waters again.
Sources close to Murray say his next film project may be "Mad Dogs and Glory," in which he would co-star with really serious actor Robert De Niro. The script, by Richard Price ("The Color of Money"), is the story of a thug loan shark (the role Murray would play) whose life is saved by a lonely, gun-shy cop (De Niro). As a thank-you for the cop's good deed, the loan shark sends him a woman who becomes much more than a gratuity.
"Mad Dogs and Glory" will be produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by John McNaughton, whose last film was "Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer."