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Ivan Reitman Out of Ghostbusters III

The end, lets hope

By Robert T. Trate     March 19, 2014
Source: Deadline.com

Ghostbusters 3 Update
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In what can only be considered a significant blow, director Ivan Reitman has bowed out of Ghostbusters III. Deadline.com broke the news on March 18th. Reitman has come out and said that this is due to his friend Harold Ramis passing. Reitman will still serve as a producer on the film.  

Reitman had this to say about the most recent script and why he walked away from the project: 

“It’s a version of Ghostbusters that has the originals in a very minor role,” he said. “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 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 that’s what we’ve agreed will happen. I didn’t want all kinds of speculation about what happened with me, that is the real story” (read the full article here). 

This now leaves Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson as the only two reaming cast and crew members. Is it time to relaunch the series with new cast members? Perhaps it is just better to let the past be and not revive the old franchise. Sound off below Maniacs!

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violator14 3/19/2014 9:01:21 AM

 Hell i dont know anymore... i just don't know....

Wiseguy 3/19/2014 9:20:05 AM

I never cared for this anyway but all these rumors just makes me think it'll never happen or that if it does it'll be a straight reboot


redvector 3/19/2014 10:50:35 AM

 With Ramis dead, Reitman stepping aside and Murray more interested in doing art house indie films I think the only way to go now is a straight up reboot. 

hanso 3/19/2014 2:36:56 PM

I haven't seen a good Ivan Reitman movie in years so ain't no big loss.  He must now pass the torch to Jason Reitman.

Actually, just give it to anybody that grew up on the originals and it will be fine.  Let's get GB3 rolling yo!

HomestarRunner 3/19/2014 2:57:44 PM

I think Murray should swallow his pride or whatever and do this out of respect for Ramis. After all, I get the impression that Murray was the principle reason the project has been in Development Hell for as long as it has.

If he refuses, I say that the movie starts with Stantz and Zeddemore at Spengler's funeral lamenting the fact that Venkman is in Europe with Dana and Oscar (say Dana is touring with some orchestra and could not get away). Then they realize they're too old for this and beging finding new recruits. The film then follows four such recruits as they learn the ropes. Meanwhile, a sinister force is at work. Training is cut short to face the menace head on, the newbies overcome their challenges and defeat the villain. Stantz and Zeddemore accept that the future is in good (or decent enough) hands and retire with their first stop being whatever European city Dana's orchestra is in. Roll credits.

kentmid 3/19/2014 3:06:18 PM

This franchise was done after one.  Put a fork in it and reboot the TV cartoon, that was better anyway

VinJoy 3/19/2014 3:11:04 PM

 Yea forget about the originals and make the movie without any of them. Except Ernie Hudson. Everyone else just holds up the project with their lame ass lives and now death. Notice Ivan's grieving didn't stop him from promoting his up coming movie? They ain't too busy too make other crappy films but when it's Ghostbusters, excuse after excuse year after mutha f'ing year. As old as Ivan is, I'm sure he has lost a lot of loved ones. But it didn't stop him from other..... Dump his ass completely. No producer credit. Nothing. Because he doesn't care about the project. Same for Murray and Akroyd. They never did. And that sucks.

violator14 3/19/2014 3:20:27 PM

 HomestarRunner- I like your premise, but i think it would be more glorious if the movie ends with Ray and Winston having to cross their streams for whatever reason, sacrificing themselves to save the world. 

End Credits scene: Bill Murray/ Venkman shows up and is like, "That's MY proton pack bitch!"


BunyonSnipe 3/19/2014 3:21:53 PM

I say do a full reboot and get Akroyd and Murray in to  do cameos as ghosts...


Muenster 3/19/2014 4:43:13 PM

Time to move on...

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