Reitman On Turning Down “Ghostbusters 3”

For a long time, the original “Ghostbusters” director Ivan Reitman was attached to direct the in-development third film in the series. Following years of being stuck in development hell, the film finally started to become a reality in recent months.

Just as that happened, Reitman bowed out of the director’s chair and was quickly replaced by “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig with talk that an all-female version of the franchise could be in the works.

Reitman, out doing interviews for the DVD & Blu-ray release of his football drama “Draft Day,” spoke with Coming Soon this week about why he decided to opt out of returning as director on “Ghostbusters 3”:

“I am very involved. 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 and with Bill Murray seeming disinterested 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.”

Reitman was also asked about how “Triplets,” the rumored sequel to the 1988 comedy “Twins,” was going. Reitman says: “I’d say it’s very much in the development stage and it’s now caught up in the middle of studio stuff.”

The original “Ghostbusters” is set to score a 4K digital re-release on August 29th to celebrate its 30th Anniversary.