The maker of the first two Ghostbusters films, Ivan Reitman, has stepped down from his role as director of the third instalment amid the death of cast member Harold Ramis. Ramis died due to autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis complications on February 24 of this year, which led to Reitman’s decision to quit his role as director for the eagerly awaited third Ghostbusters movie.
Reitman will continue as producer for the third film, but the aftermath of Ramis’s funeral resulted in his decision to step down from directorial duties. Bill Murray remains diligent that he will not feature in the third film despite attempts at convincing the man who played Peter Venkman in the first two instalments. The rest of the original stars are rumoured to have only a minor role in the film, but Murray will not be one of them.
Reitman told Deadline,
“When I came back from Harold’s funeral, it was really moving and it made me think about a lot of things… Working on a film [Draft Day] that is smaller and more dramatic was so much fun and satisfying. 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. 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.”
Ghostbusters 3 has been in the pipeline for a number of years, but plans have been made to begin shooting in 2015 in New York. This simply adds to the misery for Ghostbusters franchise fans after Bill Murray confirmed he will not feature and the untimely death of Harold Ramis, though Reitman will still be involved in the third film.