It’s barely been 24 hours since Harold Ramis sadly passed away, but Hollywood business doesn’t wait, and that means Sony is trying to figure out what to do with their forever-developing “Ghostbusters 3.” The project (which has been haunted by Dan Aykroyd continually talking about the movies) is still being worked on, but seems a long way away from anything resembling a green light. And with Ramis passing, some tweaks will obviously have to be made.
THR reports that director Ivan Reitman will soon be meeting with Sony suits to talk about how to keep the movie moving forward. But apparently it won’t be too much of a problem; while Ramis wrote the first two movies, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky were tasked with the third installment. Ramis was said to be only tangentially involved. The completed script apparently features cameos from the original Ghostbusters, with the focus of the story being a new team taking on the supernatural job.
It would be nice if Ramis’ death made everyone stop and assess if this is even a good idea, but maybe that’s hoping for too much. But deals with the original Ghostbusters—each of whom have rights to the property and future profits—still need to be made, so this could still be a long time coming.