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Ivan Reitman Leaves Ghostbusters Reboot
But Sony wants the film to go ahead

19 March 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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The spectre of the new Ghostbusters film shows no sign of vanishing. Just when we think it might have disappeared in a splat of ectoplasm, along comes another news story or rumour about the potential sequel/reboot/requel/whatever. Today brings word that Ivan Reitman – the man who directed both the original 1984 film and 1989’s Ghostbusters II – is no longer calling the shots for the new movie.

Sony, however, appears to be pushing on with the idea, unwilling to let a potential new franchise wither. Reitman is staying aboard as a producer, and will likely have some say in who ends up hoisting the megaphone. He’s also been overseeing the work by writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, which has needed some tweaking in the wake of Harold Ramis’s tragic death last month. No plot details about the movie have been officially confirmed, but it does still appear to see a passing of the torch from the original Ghostbusters to a new team. Looks like that will be happening around the director’s chair, too.

The studio is hoping that production can kick off next year for a 2016 release, but this is just the latest disappointment. Depending on whether or not Bill Murray actually agrees to appear, this new offspring is carrying less and less of the original movie’s DNA. Reitman’s latest film, American football drama Draft Day, hits US cinemas on April 11, but there is no UK date set yet.

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It's pretty obvious why Reitman left. Harold Ramis. More

Posted by Darren47 at 19:59 on 22 March 2014 | Report This Post

So, no Murray, no Ramis and no Reitman.
Not Ghostbusters then, is it? More

Posted by Nicky C at 08:48 on 21 March 2014 | Report This Post

Get Wes Anderson to direct it. It's the only way to guarantee Bill Murray will be in it. More

Posted by CaleGiles at 08:57 on 20 March 2014 | Report This Post

So they haven't been able to nail the script for years. Bill Murray's been reluctant, Harold Ramis has died & now Ivan Reitman has left & yet they green light it now? More

Posted by IKnewTheTwist at 15:37 on 19 March 2014 | Report This Post

Guys, it's over.
Let it go. More

Posted by Mad Dog Tannen at 09:58 on 19 March 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Just leave it alone already...
If there was ever any remote chance of Murray showing up for this, I think it's gone now. Nobody wants this film anyway, and in the wake of Egon's death it now also seems distasteful. More

Posted by Osric at 08:07 on 19 March 2014 | Report This Post

Just leave it alone already...
this will fall short of anyone's positive expectations, be they artistic or financial. Blimey, I doubt even being involved in the production would be much fun given the black holes left by Ramis, Reitman and (probably) Murray. More

Posted by partybee at 07:45 on 19 March 2014 | Report This Post

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