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There are still a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to the likely continuation of the Ghostbusters franchise. So we need answers but 'who you gonna call' to get them? Well, the director of the original Ghostbusters, Ivan Reitman seems like a good place to start.

In a new interview with, Reitman explains why he decided earlier this year to hand over the directorial duties of [Ghostbusters 3](movie:32733) to another, currently unannounced, director. He also reiterated once again that, yes, Bill Murray still isn't interested in returning. He explained:

I am very involved. I'm a producer of the film. I wasn't giving it all up. I suddenly felt that Ghostbusters didn't necessarily need me as a director, at least I didn't need to direct Ghostbusters, let me put it that way. Having done the other two and with the passing of Harold and with Bill Murray seeming disinterested being in it, I thought it was better for me just to produce it and to make sure we're going to have the quality and style of what is appropriate for another version of that film. But the franchise could benefit from somebody else's point of view. I've done it twice before and it will be great to get somebody else to lend a hand as well.

Although I can understand his reasoning, I can imagine this news will not be reassuring to Ghostbusters fans who already feel nervous about this proposed sequel thirty years after the original. With Murray out and Reitman seemingly taking only a supporting role, will this really be the Ghostbusters we know or love?

There is also talk that the entire franchise could be rebooted with an entirely female cast. There's still no official word on this, although Bridesmaids director, Paul Feig, has apparently been connected to it. It's also unclear if this rumored project would be instead of, or as well as, Ghostbusters 3.

All told, there's certainly a lot more questions to be answered.


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