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March 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Following the death of his longtime collaborator and friend Harold Ramis, Ivan Reitman has decided not to direct the third Ghostbusters film. “It was such an amazing time in my life 30 years ago, and I felt that way on the second film,” he said. “With Harold no longer with us I couldn’t see it,” Reitman told He indicated that he has agreed to stay on as producer of the film. “When I came back from Harold’s funeral, it was really moving and it made me think about a lot of things,” Reitman said, adding that after the funeral he asked to meet with Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group Chairman Amy Pascal and Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad. “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.” Reitman indicated that only Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson of the original Ghostbusters team will have “very minor role[s]” in the third installment.