News about Ghostbusters 3 has been swirling for a couple of years, but it looks like the project is officially moving forward. Sadly, it will do so without Harold Ramis. The tragic loss seems to be the main factor that pushed Ivan Reitman to step down as director. He discussed the current state of the film as well as reasons for its delay with Deadline:
“It was a really good script [the first Ghostbusters 3 script], but then it became clear that Bill really didn’t want to do another Ghostbusters and that it was literally impossible to find him to speak to for the year or two we tried to get it going. When Bill finally…well, he never actually said no, but he never said yes, so there was no way to make that film. We decided to start over again, and I started working with Etan Cohen, with Dan lending a helping hand. Harold got sick about three years ago, and we kept hoping he would get better. I kept pushing forward on the Etan Cohen and we now have a draft that is very good, that the studio is very excited about.”
Reitman wen’t on to describe the level of involvement the original cast will have, along with his reasons for stepping down as director:
“It’s a version of Ghostbusters that has the originals in a very minor role,” he said. “When I came back from Harold’s funeral, it was really moving and it made me think about a lot of things. I’d just finished directing Draft Day, which I’m really happy with and proud of. Working on a film that is smaller and more dramatic was so much fun and satisfying. I just finally met with Amy and Doug Belgrad when I got back. I said I’d been thinking about it for weeks, that I’d rather just produce this Ghostbusters. I told them I thought I could help but let’s find a really good director and make it with him. So that’s what we’ve agreed will happen. I didn’t want all kinds of speculation about what happened with me, that is the real story.”
Reitman is working closely with Sony on a short list of directors, and though he is hoping they’ll begin filming by the fall, he stated 2015 is more likely.
It will be sad to see a Ghostbusters film without Egon Spengler, but I’m glad we’re getting another one. If the remaining cast members are on board, I’m on board.