Ivan Reitman, the man who was fine putting his director's credit on My Super Ex-Girlfriend and Junior, has officially announced that he no longer wants to do the same for Ghostbusters 3. Speaking to Deadline, the Ghosbusters series director--long attached to the third chapter--explained the situation in his own words. Basically, while Harold Ramis's death didn't concern Sony all that much, it actually did affect Reitman, forcing him to reconsider his return to the franchise. Said Reitman:
"When I came back from Harold's funeral, it was really moving and it made me think about a lot of things. I'd just finished directing Draft Day, which I'm really happy with and proud of. Working on a film that is smaller and more dramatic was so much fun and satisfying. I just finally met with [Sony Pictures'] Amy and Doug Belgrad when I got back. 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. I didn't want all kinds of speculation about what happened with me, that is the real story."
With Murray still refusing to sign on, that now leaves us with only original players Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson. Thankfully, man, can those guys ever put on a show!