Geen Ghostbusters III voor regisseur Ivan Reitman

De film Ghostbusters III heeft veel moeite om van de grond te komen. Nu blijkt dat regisseur Ivan Reitman niet langer zal meewerken aan de sequel. De recentelijke dood van Harold Ramis, schrijver en acteur, heeft ervoor gezorgd dat Reitman minder openstaat voor het vervolg. Reitman zal samen met Sony Pictures op zoek gaan naar een nieuwe regisseur voor Ghostbusters III en het is de bedoeling dat de opnames eind 2014 of begin 2015 van start gaan. Reitman zei het volgende:

“The first was done by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, and me, Harold and Dan helped them on it. 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. We decided to start over again, and I started working with Etan Cohen, with Dan lending a helping hand. Harold got sick about three years ago, and we kept hoping he would get better. I kept pushing forward on the Etan Cohen and we now have a draft that is very good, that the studio is very excited about.”

Hij vervolgde:

“It’s a version of Ghostbusters that has the originals in a very minor role. 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.”

Over de cast van Ghostbusters III zei Reitman:

“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. I’m hoping we can get started by the fall, set in New York, but given the logistics and the stuff that happens, the beginning of 2015 seems more likely.”

Ghostbusters is een sciencefiction-comedy mediafranchise bestaande uit twee films, twee animatieseries, een aantal videospellen, stripseries, een themaparkattractie en een rollenspel. De franchise begon officieel met de film uit 1984.