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With the death of filmmaker and entertainer Harold Ramis, Ivan Reitman has decided to bow out as director on the upcoming "Ghostbusters" sequel. However, Reitman will still produce the much anticipated film.
"There has been all kinds of stuff, unofficially written about Ghostbusters," Reitman said to Deadline. "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 [Murray] was going to do," Reitman continued. "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."
"I said I'd been thinking about it for weeks, that I'd rather just produce this Ghostbusters," Reitman went on to say. "I told them I thought I could help but let's find a really good director and make it with him."
Reitman went on to discuss the script for the third "Ghostbusters" venture and the possible involvement of actors from the original films. "It's a version of Ghostbusters that has the originals in a very minor role," said Reitman.
With the search for a new director getting underway, it appears the new "Ghostbusters" film will have to wait until 2016 to scare up audiences. "I'm hoping we can get started by the fall, set in New York, but given the logistics and the stuff that happens, the beginning of 2015 seems more likely," Reitman said.
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