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Ghostbusters III Going Ahead Despite Harold Ramis’s Death

Year One Press Conference
Vera Anderson—WireImage Director Harold Ramis at the "Year One" press conference at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on June 13, 2009 in New York City.

Ramis had been expected to cameo as Egon Spengler

Following Harold Ramis’s death on Feb. 24, Sony execs will be reworking the script for the upcoming Ghostbusters III, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Ramis not only co-wrote the original Ghostbusters, he also starred in the 1984 film and its 1989 sequel, along with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson. The four played a team of parapsychologists in New York. The third installment,which was written by The Office writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, had small parts for the original squad of ghostbusters where they pass the torch on to a new generation.

In the wake of Ramis’ death, however, Ivan Reitman, the film’s director, will be meeting with the Sony team to discuss how they’ll move the project forward. Sadly, the discussions are likely to be something of an echo of meetings for the first Ghostbusters, which originally included a part written for John Belushi. That script also needed to be reworked after Belushi’s death in 1982.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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