In the wake of Harold Ramis’ death, it seems that production on the ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot has once again hit a snag. The director of the franchise’s first two films officially stepped down and took on the role of producer instead on March 18.
The third installment of one of America’s beloved comedies, Ghostbusters, has hit another glitch. Between Bill Murray not confirming that he will do the movie and the death of original co-star and writer Harold Ramis, the planned reboot has hit more than a few bumps along the way. And now another wrench is being thrown into production — Ivan Reitman, who directed the first two Ghostbusters and was confirmed to direct the reboot, withdrew from the third installment on March 18.
Ivan Reitman Not Directing ‘Ghostbusters’ After Harold Ramis Death
It goes without saying that the cast and crew of Ghostbusters created magic when they filmed the first two movies of the franchise. However, two of the film’s most beloved characters will not be taking part in the third installment and now Ivan is downgrading his involvement in the film as well. His decision to take a step back was directly related to the tragic death of Harold, the director told Deadline.com.
“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 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,” he continued. Ivan also opened up about the impact Harold had on the actual film. “It was such an amazing time in my life 30 years ago, and I felt that way on the second film,” he said. “With Harold no longer with us I couldn’t see it.”
‘Ghostbusters’ Production Will Go On
Though production has faced some major delays, filming on the third installment will go on. “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,” Ivan stated.
He also revealed that the film will have a little twist: “It’s a version of Ghostbusters that has the originals in a very minor role,” he disclosed. “I’m not going to say how many Ghostbusters there will be in the new cast,” he continued, “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.”
So while Ivan stepping down as director could be seen as a sign that the reboot is in trouble, it sounds like everything is moving forward as planned! Tell us Hollywoodlifers, do you think Ivan should have stepped down as director?
— By Stephanie Sengwe