You may think that in the shadow of the tragic news of the recent death of writer/director/actor Harold Ramis this would finally put the nail in the coffin of the long in development 'Ghostbusters 3' sequel. However, it had been confirmed at the time that the sequel would still go ahead despite Ramis' involvement. Sony Pictures is now eyeing an early 2015 start on production but with one major drawback - director Ivan Reitman has pulled out from the project. Reitman spoke with Deadline about the decision and addressed many of the various online rumours spouted across the web over the past months regarding casting, script writing and of course Bill Murray. Reitman will stay on the project to ensure a suitable directorial replacement is found.
"There has been all kinds of stuff unofficially written about Ghostbusters,” Reitman tells the site. “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."
You can read more at Deadline here.