Ivan Reitman was not needed for ‘Ghostbusters III’

The filmmaker will serve as a producer on the sequel, claiming that the film "didn't necessarily need [him] as a director".

Director Ivan Reitman has revealed that his services as a director were not called for when it came to the long gestating third ‘Ghostbusters’ movie, which only recently gained some forward momentum in that it will now move forward without Bill Murray, which was something that delayed progress on the film for quite some time.

The filmmaker will serve as a producer on the sequel, claiming that the film “didn’t necessarily need [him] as a director”.

“I am very involved,” he told Coming Soon. “I’m a producer of the film. I wasn’t giving it all up.

“I suddenly felt that Ghostbusters didn’t necessarily need me as a director, at least I didn’t need to direct Ghostbusters, let me put it that way.

“Having done the other two and with the passing of Harold [Ramis] and with Bill Murray seeming disinterested [in] being in it, I thought it was better for me just to produce it and to make sure we’re going to have the quality and style of what is appropriate for another version of that film.

“But the franchise could benefit from somebody else’s point of view. I’ve done it twice before and it will be great to get somebody else to lend a hand as well.”

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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