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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