Ghostbusters 3: Reitman Leaves, New Director Needed

By: Mike Tuttle - March 19, 2014

It was tragic enough losing former Ghostbuster Harold Ramis last month to complications from an infection, but now Ivan Reitman has announced that he will no longer be directing Ghostbusters 3. Understandably, he just doesn’t feel up to it (though he will stay on as producer).

“When I came back from Harold’s funeral, it was really moving and it made me think about a lot of things,” Reitman told Deadline.

So where does that leave the next film, which Reitman promises is still happening?

We do know that the recent script is written by Etan Cohan – and, interestingly enough, one that doesn’t need the cast of the first two original films. That works out since Bill Murray, a staple to Ghostbusters fame, never really wanted to do another one in the first place.

“The first [script] was done by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, and me, Harold and Dan [Aykroyd] helped them on it,” Reitman said. “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. When Bill finally…well, he never actually said no, but he never said yes, so there was no way to make that film.”

Reitman added, “I kept pushing forward on the Etan Cohen [script] and we now 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.”

Along with Murray, Ernie Hudson is also not interested in the new film. That leaves Dan Aykroyd, who has always been enthusiastic about another. But pairing him with newer, younger actors taking on the famous pop-culture roles? That’s up to Sony to make that work. But this isn’t their first rodeo.

In the past, Sony has been known for revamping old franchises such as James Bond, and Spider-Man.

Meanwhile, Reitman is helping Sony “find a really good director.”

“I’m not going to say how many Ghostbusters there will be in the new cast, but we are determined to retain the spirit of the original film, and I am pleased that all of this seems to have happened organically,” Reitman said.

Once the director and cast are lined up, shooting for Ghostbusters 3 will begin in early 2015.


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  • sirmichaelvalentine

    as exspected their all saddened to bother with it after what happened, its like i said im one of the long time fans im 29 but im ready for new stuff i actually like half the new movies out today, what you all dont get or seem to understand that

    1: everything cant be made as great as the past all you can get is half way there

    2: companies like sony dont make the freaking movies they give the director money to make it sometimes they have a small hand in it (ghostbusters II good example)

    3: if they get a good new director and let him go nuts we’d get a good film (Dredd 012 Die hard 4 & 5 were all good) you got to give them a chance and stop being soo damn stubborn

    4: im sure most directors that deal with sci fi like Tim Burton are fans of the ghostbusters franchise and would want to do any film the justice it deserves its all up to the cast they get and all they need is a cast like the hang out (which has been named as a favored cast) then sony and company as a good film they are only re working the original script dan and late ramis worked on so it will be mostly the same with ramis’s part written out.

    5: you all are just pissed your beloved originals aint taking up the mantle anymore (which im glad to be honest im ready for new stuff maybe they could use some of the GB comics for good stories a new issue is out)

    the ghostbusters concept is too good to pass up on trying to reboot it the right way (which is not with the originals all they did was bring it down not really agreeing on anything) im hoping jack black is part of the new team hes perfect as a ghostbuster

    im all for this reboot i just hope for the ghostbuster god if you exist dont let michael bay touch it
    ANYONE ELSE IS FINE PLEASE!!