Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Reitman Gone From Ghostbusters 3

A few weeks ago I mentioned that despite the loss of Harold Ramis, Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 director Ivan Reitman was still hard at work to bring the franchise back for another go. Well, what a difference a month makes. Per Deadline, the helmer (whose new dramedy Draft Day hits screens in a few short weeks) has decided it's best to hand the long-gestating third installment to someone who has more passion for it:
“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. So that’s what we’ve agreed will happen. I didn’t want all kinds of speculation about what happened with me, that is the real story.”
You can read the rest at the link, but the translation, to me anyway, is that this is a property Sony is hellbent on keeping alive no matter what, and given Reitman's ownership stake in the whole shebang, he's happy to sit back and cash the check from whatever emerges. I wasn't especially enthused about a Murray-less, Ramis-less Ghostbusters anyway, and a Reitman-less sequel has me feeling the necessity for this even less.

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