Columbia Doesn't Want Ivan Reitman to Direct Ghostbusters 3
Though very little is currently known about the plot of the forthcoming Ghostbusters 3, we do know that the original 'busters will be passing the torch to a new generation of younger 'busters. Apparently this is also how Sony would like to approach the directing side of the project as Vulture reports they don't want to bring back original series director Ivan Reitman to helm the new installment, but rather would like to bring on a younger director a la the same arrangement Sony made to bring on Marc Webb for the new Spider-Man franchise. However, this kind of move could put the possibility of this sequel into serious jeopardy. Read on!
The issue with Columbia's desire is Reitman's old contract, which was made in the golden days of his career, that still gives him creative control over the series, including director approval. That doesn't mean they'll necessarily be forced into making the movie with Reitman, but he can definitely stop them from making the movie altogether. And in case you don't remember, even more sway for Reitman comes from the fact that all three original principal Ghostbusters (Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Harold Ramis) have a deal that says that if any of the four of them don't like any element of a new Ghostbusters, they can singlehandedly veto it and subsequently kill the project.
Presumably, since Aykroyd and Ramis have been working with writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, they're in for the long haul, but if Reitman pitches a fit, I wouldn't be surprised if they decided to just let it go. And of course we all know how excited Bill Murray is about the project. However, if Murray, Aykroyd and Ramis are willing to pass the torch to a team of younger actors, then I sincerely hope Reitman has the foresight, and the hindsight really, to understand that he's not the director he used to be. Did you see My Super Ex-Girlfriend? No. Nobody did. Sony was hoping that a recent greenlight from Paramount for their comedy Friends with Benefits (formerly titled Fuckbuddies which was at #6 on the 2008 Black List) would keep the director busy, but he might be planning to take on both projects at different times. Nice try, guys.
Still, I'm on the fence with this. Reitman is one of the key figures responsible for making Ghostbusters great, but it just doesn't seem like he has the same spark anymore. Meanwhile, his son Jason Reitman is making waves at the box office. It wouldn't be a half-bad to have Ivan hand the reigns over to his son, but I'm not sure a Ghostbusters sequel is his bag. Hell it might not even be Ivan's bag, as he once said: "Ghostbusters II wasn't as much fun to make as the first one. In comedy, the element of surprise is everything. And I think once that element of surprise is gone, once people know there's going to be ghosts, there's going to be big ghosts, and they're expecting something big at the end, a lot of the tools that are at your disposal are gone."
Maybe it really is time to let someone else jump into the game with Ghostbusters and a whole bunch of new "tools." What do you guys think? Without Ivan Reitman, does Ghostbusters 3 have any hope?