Director Ivan Reitman will not helm the eagerly-anticipated Ghostbusters 3. Following Harold Ramis’s death, and with Bill Murray probably not a part of the film, Reitman has stepped down as director of the project, but remains a producer. “I am very involved. I’m a producer of the film,” he told Coming Soon. “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 in 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.” Paul Feig is the current running favorite for the job.
Reitman also said that there might be a sequel to his 1988 Arnold Schwarzenegger-Danny DeVito hit Twins. The movie would add Eddie Murphy to the mix and be called, unsurprisingly, Triplets. “I’d say it’s very much in the development stage and it’s now caught up in the middle of studio stuff.” Don’t hold your breath: the term ‘development stage’ is as meaningful in Hollywood as a ‘co-producer’ credit. Besides, twenty-five years later, do you really want to see Schwarzenegger and DeVito reunite for more jokes about test tube babies?