Harold Ramis not only starred as Dr. Egon Spengler in the Ghostbusters films, he co-wrote them, so his passing raises even more questions about the proposed third film in the series. Ramis had already signed off on the movie and was even set to make an appearance on-screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter the movie will still happen, just with a slight rewrite to account for Ramis’ passing.
Director Ivan Reitman plans on meeting with Sony in the coming weeks to discuss how the film will move forward. And while “There will be some repercussions” due to Ramis’ passing, “it won’t affect the script.”
There was also some news about the possibility of Bill Murray appearing in the film, although he’s denied he’ll play a role right from the start. From /Film:
That script was written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and was scheduled to feature the original Ghostbusters, including Ramis, passing the baton to a new generation. Oddly enough, the Hollywood Reporter piece makes it seem like Bill Murray is going to appear in the film, a fact he’s actively refuted in the past. Either way, filming will not happen in 2014.
If all the pieces hold together, we’ll still get a Ghostbusters III, just sadly without Dr. Egon Spengler.