Ghostbusters III has been in development hell for years, but just last year things finally began moving forward as the director of the first two films, Ivan Reitman, was confirmed to be directing the third film.
The plan was to see a new, younger team of Ghostbusters, while Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd (who has been championing the third film for years) would appear briefly, to pass the baton down to the new recruits. With the sad passing of Ramis a few days ago, director Reitman is scheduled to meet with high up Sony execs to discuss how to proceed with the sequel without Ramis.
The script, written by The Office writers Lee Eisenberg andGene Stupnitsky, will now need to be revamped.
“There will be some repercussions,” says a project insider.
A studio source downplayed the impact on the project, however, insisting that Ramis was involved in Ghostbusters III only minimally. Ramis, who co-wrote the first two Ghostbusters, held a first-dollar gross stake in the third film along with Reitman, Aykroyd and Murray — a position that will revert to his estate. But no deals have been inked yet, and there have been signs that the principals instead would take break-even cuts in order to get the film off the ground.
“He was always great to bounce something off of, and that will certainly be missed,” the source says of Ramis. “But it won’t affect the script.”
Even before Ramis’ death, the script had not progressed enough for the film to begin shooting in 2014. Now, the studio will have to adjust without an onscreen assist from Ramis’ Dr. Egon Spengler.
Both Ramis and Aykroyd wrote the first two Ghostbusters films.
In honour of Ramis’ sad passing, this could see the film speeded up in order to get it made to remember such a comedy genius. Fingers crossed anyway.