Sony’s Columbia Pictures is reportedly looking to make the long awaited third installment of the Ghostbusters franchise without the first two films’ writer-producer, Ivan Reitman. It seems that the studio wants to revitalize the franchise by having the original crew train a younger group that ain’t afraid of no ghosts, and they want a younger director to helm the project.
Apparently, Columbia had hoped that Reitman’s new project, a comedy called Friends with Benefits, starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman would conflict with Ghostbusters 3, but Reitman thinks he can do both.
Luckily, Reitman’s old contract gives him broad creative control over the series, including director approval. Also, the original stars – Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ivan Reitman himself, all have deals where they can single-handedly veto, or kill the project if they aren’t happy with it.