Deadline is reporting this week that Sony will start shooting the upcoming blockbuster, Ghostbusters 3 in early 2015.
Ghostbusters 3 has had a problem over the years over rights issues, and Bill Murray refusing to read the script despite large cash advances, and other deals.
But, since the passing of Harold Ramis, the writer and creator of Ghostbusters, things have changed. Ultimately, causing director Ivan Reitman to step down. He spoke with Deadline:
A lot of things happened in the last few months, the most significant of which was the passing of Harold. […]
The first [Ghostbusters 3 script] was done by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, and me, Harold and Dan helped them on it, Reitman said. It was a really good script, but then it became clear that Bill really didnt want to do another Ghostbusters and that it was literally impossible to find him to speak to for the year or two we tried to get it going. When Bill finally well, he never actually said no, but he never said yes, so there was no way to make that film. We decided to start over again, and I started working with Etan Cohen, with Dan lending a helping hand. Harold got sick about three years ago, and we kept hoping he would get better. I kept pushing forward on the Etan Cohen and we now have a draft that is very good, that the studio is very excited about.
Its a version of Ghostbusters that has the originals in a very minor role, he said. When I came back from Harolds funeral, it was really moving and it made me think about a lot of things. Id just finished directing Draft Day, which Im 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 Id been thinking about it for weeks, that Id rather just produce this Ghostbusters.
So, essentially Ghostbusters 3 is moving forward with a new director and most likely with a new cast, and only a few of the originals.
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