Ghostbusters 3 to shoot in early 2015, new director needed

News Simon Brew 19 Mar 2014 - 06:37

Director Ivan Reitman bows out of Ghostbusters 3, with the film now set to shoot at the start of 2015...

After all this time, the news that Ghostbusters 3 is finally going ahead feels at best just a little bittersweet. Appreciating that there's heavy, healthy suspicion about whether a belated sequel can capture what made the first two movies work, Sony is nonetheless pressing ahead with the film, and it's now being reported that it will finally shoot in 2015.

But some key faces will be missing. Bill Murray has insisted for some time that he won't be having anything to do with it. And then, of course, the death of the great Harold Ramis means his planned cameo as Egon won't be happening either. As it turns out, Ramis had been ill for a number of years while the film was being worked on.

Furthermore, apparently as a consequence of Ramis' death, director Ivan Reitman has now passed on helming the film too. Reitman directed the first two Ghostbusters films and had first refusal on Ghostbusters 3. A close friend of Ramis, Reitman spoke to Deadline about his decision to pass on the new movie.

"A lot of things happened in the last few months, the most significant of which was the passing of Harold, who was a very good friend who was extraordinarily influential in my career. We did five movies together including both Ghostbusters", Reitman said.

He added that "it’s a version of Ghostbusters that has the originals in a very minor role. 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 [Sony's] 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".

A shortlist of directors is already being put together, and we'll have more on Ghostbusters 3 as we hear it.


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Three of the things that made the original one of my favourite films of all time are now out (Murray, Ramis, Reitman).

I'm not sure Aykroyd can carry the original's charm on his own.

Every news release makes me look forward to this less.

I agree, I mean I like Aykroyd and he's done some great character work as he's got older - but with only one of the original four leads involved and then no Reitman...? I think it's time to lay this film to rest.

Nathan Fillion, Sam Rockwell and Patrick Warburton for the leads.


Feels like the only thing that could redeem it now is if they suddenly announced it was going to be made by Pixar.
Having said that, I can't help feeling that if this did get made the film would eventually pass before my eyes, possibly with me having presented someone with money beforehand.
More for morbid fascination than the promise of real enjoyment perhaps, but once they've got my money they've got what they came for.

When Hollywood tries reviving a franchise like this I get the feeling that they're running out of original ideas.

As a Ghostbusters obsessive, I really don't think this is a good idea. I think a small part of the originals' charm is their being rooted in a specific time and place: 80's New York, a world so, so different to this one. While there's been tons of comics, cartoons and the recent (amazing!) video game, as far as I know they've all been set in the 80's or 90's too.

Moving GB into the 21st century might be pretty jarring. Without Ramis, without Murray, without Reitman ... I don't know. If they get a Judd Apatow or Brett Ratner to direct this, that'll be the last straw, I think.

Why not go with a new animated series? Or more high-quality, lovingly-made video games? The franchise will, and definitely should, go on in various forms. But a live-action film might not be the way to go, in my opinion.

SPOILER: No, he can't

Blues Brothers 2000.

'Appreciating that there's heavy, healthy suspicion about whether a belated sequel can capture what made the first two movies work...'

The 2nd film worked? erm... no

I'm really torn about this. The signs initially don't look great, but that is probably because we are so used to Hollywood ruining things. There is a chance that this could be brilliant, if it retains the spirit (pun intended) of the original.
Currently, sequels to my top 3 movies of all time are in development, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park and Dumb & Dumber...needless to say i'm hoping for the best

Remake it. The Stars can be Nick Cage, Seth McFamilyguy, Chris Rock and Rodney from Only Fools & Horses.

Im sorry but this just sounds like a disaster of a film now imo

thats why I am thinking train wreak

It's a sign.

Give up.

No one wants it and by the looks of it, no one wants to be a part of it.

My pup Edna has agreed to direct the movie - she works for kibble, and won't take crap from celebrities.

Please, if there is a God, let this rest. As much as I love Ghostbusters, no Murray, no Ramis and now Reitman's out. I can't see this ending well.

Everything about this now depends on the director attached. Someone like Edgar Wright could restore some of my faith.

Yep !

haha this has less warmth from us lot than even the next terminator film (whatever it's called) does

Slimer's destined to be turned in to a modern day Jar Jar. Poor guy/thing.

Recently watched 'This is the end' and thought some of those guys would be quite good as new Ghostbusters. Would love to see Kevin McBride in it, not as a son of a Ghostbuster perhaps but maybe somebody who joins the team and cause trouble like he does in 'This is the end'.

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