Here is some sad news for fans of “Ghostbusters.” Ivan Reitman, director of both “Ghostbusters” films and the voice of Slimer, has announced he will not be directing the long in the works “Ghostbusters” sequel. However he will remain a producer on the film.
Reitman said the death of Harold Ramis is what led to his decision to leave the directors chair.
“A lot of things happened in the last few months, the most significant of which was the passing of Harold, who was a very good friend and extraordinarily influential in my career,” Reitman said. “When I came back from Harold’s funeral, it was really moving and it made me think about a lot of things…. I just finally met with [Sony’s] Amy [Pascal] 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.”
Reitman added “It was such an amazing time in my life 30 years ago, and I felt that way on the second film,” he reflects. “With Harold no longer with us, I couldn’t see it.”
Sony is currently looking for a director to replace Reitman. Screenwriter’s Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupinsky are currently tweaking the script following the death of Harold Ramis, who was scheduled to appear in the film. According to The Hollywood Reporter the recent scripts have hinted the project will be more of a reboot and the original cast members will appear only in cameos. Bill Murray however will not appear in the film.
Reitman says Sony is determined to retain the spirit of the original film and he is pleased “that all of this seems to have happened organically.” Production is scheduled to start in 2015.
His next film “Draft Day,” staring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner, will be released on April 11.
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