The concept of a third installation in the Ghostbusters series has been tossed around for longer than some fans can even remember; however, there have always been minor obstacles in the way holding the project back from moving forward. It would seem that all of this is about to change. Unfortunately, there are other things changing along with it. According to Deadline, Sony Pictures is planning to begin shooting on Ghostbusters III in New York in early 2015; however, it will be without director Ivan Reitman behind the camera.
Reitman gave Deadline a little bit of insight into the film’s direction and explained his decision to walk away from behind the camera.
“It’s a version of Ghostbusters that has the originals in a very minor role,” he said. “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.”
As disappointed as I am that Reitman will not be reprising his role behind the lens of the new Ghostbusters film, I can certainly understand his decision to walk away. Losing a very dear friend and someone who meant so much to the franchise is certainly not an easy thing to overcome, and if something doesn’t feel quite right, it will show up on the screen. This is something that no Ghostbusters fan wants to see happen.
The good news is that Reitman is not totally walking away from the film. He will still act as a producer on the project, and will be helping the studio locate the right director to fill his shoes behind the camera.
At the present time, there is no official release date for the film; however, as Deadline suggested, the studio is looking to begin filming early in 2015, so one could assume that the Ghostbusters III could see a late 2015 or early 2016 release.
What do you think of the latest revelations in the making of Ghostbusters III? Are you still interested in seeing the film now that Ivan Reitman will not be behind the camera? Let us know what you think in the comments below.