Countless stories and rumors have been circulating the net in regards to a third installment in the Ghostbusters franchise for what seems like forever now, to the point that it's become one of those films that I've all but assumed is never going to actually happen. Especially with the recent passing of Harold Ramis, who played an incredibly integral part in all things Ghostbusters, it seemed that the film was destined to never emerge from the fiery depths of development hell.
Finally putting the rumors to rest, director Ivan Reitman (above, center) has just opened up about the status of the project in an interview with Deadline, sharing both good and bad news in regards to the future of our whacky ghost-hunting pals. The good news? The Ghostbusters are soon going to be returning to the big screen. The bad? Reitman, who directed both the original film and its sequel, will not be sitting in the director's chair.
Though Reitman has been one of the leading forces over the years in the progression of the project, which is now being described as a reboot, rather than 'Ghostbusters 3,' he told the website that he's decided to step down as director, in the wake of the passing of Ramis, who wrote and starred in both of the original films. "It was such an amazing time in my life 30 years ago, and I felt that way on the second film," said Reitman. "With Harold no longer with us I couldn’t see it."
Reitman will be staying on as a producer of the film and is currently helping Sony find a new director, with production set to begin early 2015, in New York. He says that a draft of the screenplay has been written that both he and Sony are happy about, only revealing that "It's a version of Ghostbusters that has the originals in a very minor role." It's likely that Bill Murray won't be reprising his iconic role of Peter Venkman, but only time will tell, in regards to that.
The search for a new cast of Ghostbusters will begin after a director is found, and Reitman promises that fans of the original film will be happy with the direction being taken with the reboot. "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," he said.
The bad news is certainly bad but the good news sounds pretty damn good to me, so I find little to be upset about here. At long last, a new Ghostbusters film is FINALLY moving forward, and that alone is cause for excitement.
In the meantime, head behind the scenes of the original Ghostbusters with this awesome image gallery!