Is it happening or not? The on again off again sequel has been the subject of countless rumours over the years, and despite all that has happened, it still appears to have some momentum with recent comments coming from Ivan Reitman.
The latest development in GB3’s story is that Reitman no longer wishes to be in the directing chair for the film, however he’s still onboard the project in a producing role and is eager to help Sony find a replacement to direct. Reitman has made the following comments;
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.
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.
In terms of the current incarnation of the GB3 script, Reitman is reported to have stated the following;
It’s a version of Ghostbusters that has the originals in a very minor role
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.
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
Despite the length of time this film has been in development, and the recent loss of Harold Ramis, Reitman still appears quite confident of the film going ahead. There also seems to be there’s less speculation about script re-writes, with more focus on actually ramping up production. If this is to occur in the first half of 2015, we can likely expect more reports coming out later this year indicating one way or the other.