Director Ivan Reitman Drops Out Of Ghostbusters Threequel
Filmmaker behind the first two instalments of the franchise has change of heart following star's death...
Ivan Reitman has vacated the director's chair on the new Ghostbusters movie - as it is announced that the threequel will go into production next year.
The filmmaker, who helmed the first two hugely successful action comedies in the 1980s, had previously been enthusiastic about reviving the franchise - even attempting to get star Bill Murray back on board.
Reitmen explained: "There has been all kinds of stuff, unofficially written about Ghostbusters.
"I've been reading things online for about four years, speculation on who's writing, what they're writing, who's in it, who we will use, and who's directing.
"We'd decided not to comment up till now, I wasn't sure what I was going to do, and it was never clear what Bill was going to do. 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 who was extraordinarily influential in my career.
"We did five movies together including both Ghostbusters."
He revealed that he had been working on the script with other writers when Ramis became unwell, but hoped he would recover.
Commenting on the new script, he continued: "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."