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!