Ghostbusters 3 will have to be revised after the death of Harold Ramis. The original Ghostbuster and writer of the first two films passed away on February 24th from complications of vasculitis. It was a big loss for Hollywood, as Ramis was also the mastermind behind National Lampoon’s Animal House, Caddyshack and National Lampoon’s Vacation, to name a few.
The passing of Ramis appears to leave a major void to be filled that has fans wondering whether or not they should even move forward with the third film. However, insiders have assured that the project will continue as planned.
The development for the Ghostbusters 3 has been in progress for years with the drafts written by television show The Office writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. Ramis would have just had a cameo role in the film, as the original Ghostbusters would be acting more as just “mentors”, Ramis once stated.
The film plans to bring in a new, younger generation of Ghostbusters with the original cast members making cameo appearances. Who is going to play the new ghostbusters is still unknown, although there have been some rumors. One of the bigger rumors is that Jonah Hill and Emma Stone have been offered to play key roles in the new film, but nothing has been confirmed. A source stated that “Sony wants two big stars signed on or they will not greenlight the picture.” This makes sense, considering the star power of the 1984 and 1989 classics.
Original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd, who wrote the first two films alongside Ramis, is still planning on making a cameo appearance in the film. However, the other original members are not quite on the same page. Bill Murray was never fully committed to the project and Ernie Hudson recently said that there is “No Ghostbusters 3 without Harold Ramis.” He also said, “My fear was always that something would happen before we all got together (again).”
But Ivan Reitman, who directed the two first films, is still set on meeting with Sony within the next few days to discuss revising the script and moving forward with the project without Ramis. One source told the Hollywood Reporter, “he was always great to bounce something off of, and that will certainly be missed but it won’t affect the script.”
With years of speculation and doubt even before this week’s sad news, one has to wonder if they should even move forward with the project, or should the tremendous success of the first two films just be left alone? Only time will tell.
Maybe the passing of Ramis will eventually put the Ghostbusters 3 rumors to rest, maybe production will carry on in his memory, or maybe it will even cause Murray to have a change of heart. Whatever the case, we lost a good one and we should take the time to recognize all that he accomplished not only as a writer, director, producer and actor, but as a human being as well. Egon Spengler will be missed.
Opinion By Rich Peters
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