Ivan Reitman Explains Why He Isn’t Directing ‘Ghostbusters 3′

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Ivan Reitman and Ghostbusters 2 cast Ivan Reitman Explains Why He Isnt Directing Ghostbusters 3
Sony/Columbia’s long-in-development Ghostbusters 3 is one of those projects that, just when we thought it was dead, a fresh round of interest and updates rolls in. With the unfortunate passing of the original 1984 film’s co-star and co-writer Harold Ramis and Bill Murray’s ongoing disinterest in appearing in another sequel, word is that the new film will focus on female Ghostbusters and could be directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids).

Feig is only the latest director said to be in talks to helm Ghostbusters 3, with Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and Phil Lord and Chris Miller (22 Jump Street) all passing on the project after Ghostbusters I II director Ivan Reitman formally took himself out of the running to direct, but remains on board in a producing capacity and to help shape the new script.

SuperHeroHype recently talked with Reitman about the level of his involvement in the development of the film and why he decided to pass on taking up the director’s chair for a third time. According to Reitman:

“I am very involved. I’m a producer of the film. I wasn’t giving it all up. I suddenly felt that ‘Ghostbusters’ didn’t necessarily need me as a director, at least I didn’t need to direct ‘Ghostbusters,’ let me put it that way. Having done the other two and with the passing of Harold and with Bill Murray seeming disinterested in being in it, I thought it was better for me just to produce it and to make sure we’re going to have the quality and style of what is appropriate for another version of that film. But the franchise could benefit from somebody else’s point of view. I’ve done it twice before and it will be great to get somebody else to lend a hand as well.”

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Reitman also commented on the similarly long-in-development Triplets project, a sequel to his 1988 comedy Twins, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. Triplets was supposed to feature Eddie Murphy as another addition to the family. On this, Reitman said, “I’d say it’s very much in the development stage and it’s now caught up in the middle of studio stuff.”

It may be safe to assume we shouldn’t hold our breath for that one. While Reitman’s most recent directing effort, the NFL drama Draft Day starring Kevin Costner, was another in a line of underwhelming box office performers (such as No Strings Attached and My Super Ex-Girlfriend), his clout as a producer remains significant, having overseen his son Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air, among other films.

Ivan Reitman helped shape movie comedies in the ’70s and ’80s, but many of his directing efforts have missed the mark in the past two decades or so. The tone he set in the first two Ghostbusters films will very likely serve as a basic template for the third, but Reitman’s stepping aside in favor of a more contemporary director might be a way to ensure studio and fan confidence in the threequel, along with allowing for a fresh creative perspective.

Are you excited for a third Ghostbusters movie? Who do you think should direct? Sound off in the comments.

Ghostbusters 3 is currently in development. Stay tuned for more information on Triplets.

Source: SuperHeroHype

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  1. not being sexist or anything but I don’t want the Ghostbusters to be all female. I like the idea of passing the torch but the group needs to be a mix. I love bridesmaids though so maybe the project is in good hands.

    The more I hear about the premise the more I feel it is a soft reboot.

    Why not do a Ghostbuster film that is based on young characters joining an academy to train to be Ghostbusters. Akroyd, Moranis, Hudson, and Weaver’s characters could be professors/teachers. They could get like 10 to 15 young cadets and some of them wash out, some of them excel, and 1 or 2 of them are infiltrating the academy to steal Ghostbuster technology and secrets. Heck maybe one of them turns out crazy and has been secretly trying to sabotage the academy so evil is released.

    • I guess an academy could work if the events of the latest movie made everybody aware of the need for ghostbusters.

      But you could also do something similar to Tron 2 where you have one or more children of the old ghostbusters trying to learn about their parents’ past, so they find the old fire station and when going through the old equipment and the containers in the basement, they accidently release some evil.

      • :) That was the premise I too originally had way way back when the news of a sequel was in the works!!

        Great minds think alike.

    • I’m pretty sure that starting a sentence with “not being sexist or anything but” is in a lead in to some type of sexist remark. It’s like “I’m not a racist but”. Same general idea.

      • Starting a sentence with “I’m pretty sure…” is in lead to a person not knowing if their upcoming statement is factual or not. Which in this case is true of you.

        Nothing I said was sexist. I wasn’t discriminating against the women gender. In fact I even said I would want a mix of gender.

        However, there are people who would misconstrue my words as being sexist. So saying that I am not being sexist is like a pre-cursor/protective statement to what I was about to say.

        Try reading a persons entire post before making an attack on someone’s perspective and character.

  2. He made a wrong decision but thats his decision anyway.

    I do not know about 3rd movie until I see some pics or a trial first. I sure am hoping that it is not going to have all women at all! A men as tradition for sequels are a plus!

  3. No Ramis, no Murray and female ghostbustes?

    Well, I wouldn’t name it Ghostbusters 3 then. It sounds more like a spin-off. Which I wouldn’t mind. I’m not one of those guys that thinks something new will ruing something old. My childhood is rock solid ;)

    There’s definately a lot of new comedic talent that could make this interesting if they treat it as spin-off or next generation thing.

    • Ghostbusterettes?

      • GhostBUSTer’s?

    • Agree @ Shoveler

      I’m all in if it’s a reboot/ remake with an all new younger cast.

  4. Im just gonna say it…his son is a better filmmaker.

  5. Perhaps it would just be better if they let some ghosts rest in peace.
    The more I hear about this “sequel”, the less interest I have in it.
    The only definitive Ghostbusters will always be the first.

  6. everything old is new again

    Ghostbusters 2.0 will eventually get made – and it certainly has the potential to be just as fun as the original film – even without Bill Murray. until it finally gets a full 100% green lit – with a script, director and cast and an actual release date – all of which could change of course.

    And if it ended up being a complete reboot – ie. new actors playing the same characters but with a modern update – would that really be so bad? it’s been 30 years – certainly the original film holds up – but it would be fun to see new actors portray all those fun characters and with all the franchise chasing these days – it wouldn’t surprise me if they ended up trying to create a whole Ghostbusters rebooted “universe” – may be start with a reboot film and a sequel with guys and THEN do a female Ghostbusters 3rd film (ie. the guys get sucked into a ghost dimension at the end of part 2) and then the ladies (may be a wife, girlfriend, Jeanine and Louis) suit up to go and save the guys.

    I’m not sure how many franchises Sony has – but I’m sure they’d love to make Ghostbusters a goldmine all over again.

    • A reboot would also be fine by me, but a universe?

      I think a universe makes sense in the world of comic books (DC and Marvel) because you already have that excact thing established on paper. You already have your solo heroes and they’ve already met and formed teams again and again.

      But I think it’s a bit of a stretch if everybody else is going to attempt to make universes out of every other franchise. It’s a very different beast to be building universes without pre-existing solo characters.

    • I can’t help but guffaw at the Screen Rant Community once again cowering in fear as the idea of women playing a role previously solidly male. After the whole “A woman can’t play the Doctor” Doctor Who spat. Now “may be a wife, girlfriend) is the standard women should aim for. Yes because goodness knows how could a woman fight a Ghost in a frilly dress, barefoot and pregnant ;) I am a man, but I figured out long ago women can do anything men can do. And that includes fighting Ghosts and piloting a Tardis.


      • I missed that one but technically the Doctor could regenerate as a woman. I just double-checked and it has been hinted.

      • I didn’t mean that as a sexist thing – I meant that Sony studios would 1st want to just reboot the whole Ghostbusters world and in a chase for creating a new franchise Sony would first start with the guys and then expand to the women as the leads.
        similar as to the way Expendables is expanding to create the Expendabelles.

        and all I meant by: wife, girlfriend, etc — is that the typically “secondary characters” would then step up to become the leads and save the guys asses and rescue them – so actually what I said (indirectly) is that female characters (and Louis – yeah I know he’s not female – but well …. he is Louis) are strong and vibrant characters who COULD play the leads and rescue the men for once.

        of course women can and should play leads in any type of films, etc – I never said otherwise

  7. Not directing Ghostbusters? What, did he get spooked?

    • I see what you did there, mate

  8. All female ghostbusters…that pretty much kills it for me. Just so you know, I don’t want a male wonder woman either.

  9. Ghostbusters 2 sucked and so will this even more!

    • Whoops! Meant Donald Glover….I’m getting too old for this ****….:-)

      • I was just about to say that Danny was a surprising pick but a cool twist ;)

        Simon Pegg and Nick Frost would be awesome. This is really up their alley. Nice pick. I want this to happen now *yearning*

    • This is so fantastic an idea I wish you could get this going!!

  10. No probs. Good thing we already know Reitman is not directing and Bill Murray is out and it will have female ghostbusters…which i saw a preview of in Zombieland with Emma Stoned so I think I will hang on to my dosh.

  11. Well i will give this a miss.

  12. Just put a cap on it. Put it away. If Bill Murray isn’t in it. Forget about it. The fact that Ivan Reitman isn’t directing, and Ramis is dead.

    Just… let it go!

    Do the fans a favor and let it go….

      • I like the analogy ;)

        But I have to admit that I don’t feel the same way. I don’t think something new can taint something old. To me the old is what it is. It stands on a bed of solid rock. It can’t be changed or ruined. It already happened. It’s locked in time.

        For example I hate the sequels to Highlander. But when I watch the first Highlander, I still enjoy it. Every scene is the same. Every line is the same. It’s still good.

        Something new can be absolute crap. No doubt about that. But I don’t think it polutes the old too. Maybe that’s just me?

  13. This film will get made eventually and however its made it’ll make money and possibly spawn 2 god awful sequels that will make progressively less money until the ‘franchise’ is in ruins with a possible re-release of the 1st GB on Bluray….. Female Ghost Busterettes?? Maybe getting over spiders is a good place to start first ;) Suggestion above, Pegg and Frost…. Like that idea, its got to be a complete re-boot from the very start as Egon is no longer with us and Venkman would have to be to do this movie. Possibly NYC / ghosts kick off and the ‘new’ GB’s (Pegg and Frost) look up a guy called Ray Stanz for a chat…. This is a particle accelerator & PKE meter says Stanz, and from there it goes on.

  14. Please.