Following the death of Harold Ramis last month, Deadline is reporting that Ivan Reitman has stepped down as the director of Ghostbusters 3. But while Reitman is now officially off the project, he will help Sony find a new director to take over the movie with the help of Amy Pascal. This is just the latest in a long line of trouble for the highly-anticipated threequel. Reitman had this to say to Deadline about his decision:
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.
Despite the loss of Ramis and Reitman, Sony is still looking to start filming Ghostbusters 3 in New York in early 2015. We’ll see in the coming months whether or not these plans will actually materialize.