The planned sequel Ghostbusters III will go ahead in spite of the recent death of actor and writer Harold Ramis, who was on course to cameo in the film alongside the other original members of the Ghostbusters.
The third Ghostbusters movie has been trapped in development for some years, however in recent months it has seemed that the film is still very much on the cards, with planned cameo appearances from Ramis, Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. Following the death of Ramis, the film will have to go ahead without its Egon Spengler – and, seeing as Ramis wrote the first two films, it seems a shame that he will not be around to offer advice on the script for the third (the writing of which had been tasked to Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky).
A studio insider spoke to the Hollywood Reporter following Ramis’ death, saying “There will be some repercussions…He was always great to bounce something off of, and that will certainly be missed. But it won’t affect the script.”
The film is to be directed by Ivan Reitman, director of both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. Reitman is reportedly scheduled to meet with Sony execs in the coming weeks to natter about the progress of the film, but seeing as Ramis was only to have had a very small role in the first place, it seems unlikely that his death will hold the production back.
However, Ghostbusters III is still quite far from being ready to roll, and it looks like production will not be beginning in 2014. The Playlist’s Kevin Jagernauth questions whether cracking out Ghostbusters III is a wise move in the first place, saying “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.”