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Ivan Reitman made headlines over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, where the producer-director said there may be another live-action Ghostbusters down the road.
Reitman made the comment while discussing possible projects in a panel related to the beloved franchise, which included “wonderful plans for an animated feature that we’re deep in design on already and a really great story. … And of course a new live-action film. I am not giving any more secrets,” he said.
Screen Rant reported that Reitman was asked during the panel if any consideration was given to creating a CG version of any of the original cast, which would include the late Harold Ramis for Egon, if the possible fourth film changed gears from the 2016 female-led reboot, to which the director said “It’s possible. … It’s something we’re thinking of.”
On Monday, Ramis’ daughter, Violet Ramis Stiel, told Heat Vision she was aware of Reitman’s comments over the weekend.
“It’s bizarre,” Ramis Stiel said of the possible digital re-creation of her late father. “Personally, for me, it is hard to imagine that people would accept it, but who knows. The technology now is amazing.”
Ramis died in 2014 at the age of 69. In 2016, his daughter penned a touching essay about growing up with her dad on the sets of movies like Ghostbusters.
Bringing actors back from the dead for a film has been somewhat controversial. When the legendary Peter Cushing was re-created for Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, some fans praised how far technology had come to allow the effect to happen and to look so eerily great. But there were others who said it was disrespectful to the late actor. The Cushing estate gave its blessing for the endeavor.
The original stars of Ghostbusters have talked for decades about a possible third installment to follow up Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghosbusters II (1989). Those have yet to materialize, but the 2016 reboot was a commercial bomb. It’s unclear how serious talks of a third film starring the original cast really are.
Ramis Stiel said if — and it may be a huge if, who really knows — another Ghostbusters is made and her father is digitally added, it would be OK with her as long as the work is exceptional.
“I try to think what would he have thought,” she said. “If it’s great and it works, then good. And if there is a problem, then obviously no.”
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