Ghostbusters 3 is a highly anticipated movie for Sony and for its many fans, all of whom were saddened to learn last month of the popular cast member and original Ghostbuster Harold Ramis' death.
The movie had been stalled for years as Bill Murray refused to agree to sign on for the third installment. And now it will undergo further changes with its director Ivan Reitman - who had been one of the first to sign up to the project - recently stepping down, admitting he would not be able to take charge of the project without Ramis around.
He will not leave the project all together, though. He will stay on as a producer, and help lead the search for a new director.
Despite this, Reitman is evidently extremely committed to Ghostbusters 3. In a recent interview, he spoke about the difficulties getting the project off the ground, even after they had their first script:
It was a really good 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.
Ultimately though, that draft did not make it. Reitman then began working with Etan Coen - who has written for great comedies such as Beavis and Butthead and King of the Hill. And now?
we have a draft that is very good, that the studio is very excited about... It’s a version of Ghostbusters that has the originals in a very minor role,”
The new film seems to be a real re-launch of Ghostbusters for a new generation, with a cast that has been rumored to include Jonah Hill and Emma Stone. Asked why he thought he couldn't take charge of this new film, Reiman commented:
“When I came back from Harold’s funeral, it was really moving and it made me think about a lot of things... 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 what do you think? Are you looking forward to the Ghostbuster re-launch? Do you think Reitman was right to step down from the project? Write in with your thoughts on these and any other issues below.