With the new Ghostbusters reboot opening this week, the team behind the original two films has opened up about the long-awaited sequel that could’ve been.
Original Ghostbusters producer Ivan Reitman chatted with io9 about the original plan for a third film, which would’ve starred the original cast and (in some forms) seen them pass the torch to a new team of ghost-busting heroes. From ghost-ing Bill Murray to giving Oscar the keys to the Ecto-1, Reitman said the final draft they landed on was actually “very funny.” But then fate got in the way. Murray was always noncommittal about doing another sequel, and when Harold Ramis passed away, they knew it was better left to a new team altogether.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
“I was working on a more traditional pass-the-torch sequel. I was working on it with Harold [Ramis], Danny [Aykroyd], and Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, two very funny writers. We had a great script. We actually had a script in which Bill Murray dies in the first five minutes because that was the only way he was going to do it. And he was a ghost character for part of it. They’re passing the torch on to a group of younger Ghostbusters, one of which was Oscar, Bill’s supposed son from the second movie. It’s not clear if its his son or not. And it was very funny…
Unfortunately in sort of the last half year of development or so, Harold got really sick and about a year later he passed away. And I realized there was no way I could do this film. If I was going to do Ghostbusters, I had to do it with the Ghostbusters. I was not interested in doing another Ghostbusters movie without Harold and with Bill sort of dragging his heels.”
It’s a shame the world never got to see how this movie might’ve ended up, but with Paul Feig’s female-led reboot scoring solid reviews, we at least have something to look forward to, right?