Harold Ramis death was not enough to stop Ghostbusters 3 from moving forward. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the long awaited comedy, which has been locked in development for a number of years will remain on course. The comedy was to feature Ramis and the other two original Ghostbusters.
Ramis, who died at the age of 69, was due to make a cameo where he would have appeared as in character together with Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray for the first time since the last Ghostbusters 2 hit the screens in 1989. Hollywood Reporter says Ghostbusters 3 was supposed to feature the three original cast members (Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Bill Murray).
In the wake of that sad loss, Sony has decided to overhaul their script.
According to insiders, the third Ghostbusters film was supposed to be used to pass the button to fresh blood, and indeed, three newbies were to receive the button from the original trio. Although the film is expected to go on, it will face some repercussion given that Aykroyd has also stepped down from directing the film. Therefore, some tweaks are needed, and director Ivan Reitman is required to meet with the producers to deliberate on the next steps.
Harold’s demise has obviously been greeted with heartfelt tributes. The film star died from autoimmune incendiary vasculitis. Friends and family, including the president Obama have offered a contemplative reflection on Ramis’ exciting comedy career and creativity. “He earned his keep on this planet,” said one friend.
Ghostbusters was written by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg and directed by Ivan Reitman. Reitman played a key role in the 1st and 2nd Ghostbusters which were a big hit in the 1980’s.
This is not the first time Ghostbusters has been hit by the untimely demise of one of its main characters. The 1st Ghostbuster itself was reworked after John Belushi died.