Reported by Lily Davis.
Word of a new Ghostbusters instalment has been on people’s lips for some time. Deadline has confirmed that early production will go ahead in 2015, however the film will now be missing some of its key players. Ivan Reitman (Ghostbuster, Ghostbusters II) has recently revealed that he won’t be sitting in the director’s chair this time round.
Reitman had been locked in since Sony Pictures first suggested the project. He was also deeply involved in trying to get Bill Murray on board with the production and developing an impressive script. Sadly, after the death of his close friend and Ghostbusters star Harold Ramis, Reitman’s position has changed. He no longer feels it is the right move for him and will only stay on with the film in a producer’s capacity.
During an exclusive interview with Deadline, Reitman revealed his reasoning behind the change. “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.”
The pair had collaborated on five movies together and were considered close friends outside of that. Reitman speaks of that period, saying; “It was such an amazing time in my life 30 years ago, and I felt that way on the second film … With Harold no longer with us I couldn’t see it.”
Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, the duo who penned Year One and Bad Teacher, originally developed the script. Ivan Reitman also helped out, with input from Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd. The screenplay was then later re-written with the fresh influence of Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder).
Bill Murray has never agreed to be a part of this new instalment. In fact, he has never even agreed to do a reading of any scripts. Therefore, the cast will be dramatically different to its original members. Ivan Reitman has stated; “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.”
Reitman has agreed to find a new director to take over the project, with the help of Sony’s Amy Pascal. Pascal responded to this news, stating; “We totally understood. He was thinking he might feel that way when Harold died, and then came back to us and confirmed it, that while he was excited to return and make the movie as producer, but did not feel he wanted to direct the movie. We are delighted to work with Ivan on this movie in that capacity. We love him, and he’s going to continue to play an important role. We’re very anxious to get the movie started.”
Meanwhile Reitman remains enthused about making the next instalment a film to be proud of. They are currently working on a shortlist of potential directors, although nothing has yet been decided.
If all goes according to plan, production is set to begin in New York in 2015.