Harold Ramis

‘Ghostbusters 3’ Still Moving Forward

‘Ghostbusters 3’ Still Moving Forward

Yesterday, we reported the tragic news that beloved actor/writer/director Harold Ramis passed away at the age of 69, due to complications from a rare blood disease known as autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. While the Hollywood community and fans alike are still mourning this great loss, Sony Pictures and director Ivan Reitman are trying to figure out how to proceed on Ghostbusters 3, which was set to feature a cameo appearance from the actor before his passing.

We reported in November that Sony was planning on starting production this spring in Cleveland, but, even before Harold Ramis' death, the script had not progressed enough to begin shooting in 2014. The script, written by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, will now need to be reworked even more, since Harold Ramis was set to appear as Dr. Egon Spengler in a brief cameo appearance, along with Dan Aykroyd and, reportedly, Bill Murray.

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Harold Ramis Passes Away at 69

Harold Ramis Passes Away at 69

The world has lost one of the most successful and innovative comedy filmmakers today, as Harold Ramis passed away at the age of 69. The director, actor and writer succumbed to complications from a rare disease called autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, which causes a swelling of the blood vessels.

A prolific comedy figurehead in the late 70s and early 80s, Harold Ramis started as a writer and performer on the Canadian based sketch comedy series SCTV, where he met many of the iconic comedy actors he would later go onto work with throughout his storied career. He was known for being a jack of all trades when it came to comedy film, directing such seminal classics as Caddyshack, Vacation, and Groundhog Day. As a writer, he penned Animal House, Meatballs and Stripes, where he co-starred alongside friend and on-screen comedy partner Bill Murray. The two would later go onto work side by side in the iconic Ghostbusters, where he played parapsychologist and ghost hunter Dr. Egon Spengler.

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