‘Ghostbusters 3′: Harold Ramis Death Makes Ivan Reitman Reconsider Directing

"Labor Day" Premiere - Arrivals - 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

Bill Murray is not expected to reprise his role, though production is slated to start early next year

The death of Harold Ramis has made longtime collaborator Ivan Reitman reconsider his role on Sony’s “Ghostbusters 3.”

Reitman told Deadline that he will be ceding the director’s chair to a younger filmmaker, though he will remain closely involved as a producer.

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The original Ghostbusters will have a very small role in the sequel, though Bill Murray is not expected to reprise his role as Peter Venkman and join former co-stars Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson, who played Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddmore, respectively.

Reitman said Sony is happy with Etan Cohen‘s draft of the screenplay and the studio is ready to start its search for a new director. It remains to be seen who they’re gonna call.

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“Ghostbusters 3″ could start production as soon as this fall in New York, though early 2015 is more likely.