Hot duo to direct #Ghostbusters3? My sources say Phil Lord & Chris Miller ('Lego Movie', '21 Jump St') in talks to replace Ivan Reitman.— Nikki Finke (@NikkiFinke) March 20, 2014
Ivan Reitman decided to step away following the death of original Ghostbusters star/writer Harold Ramis, although he is still attached as a producer and is helping Sony find a new director, in hopes of starting production in early 2015.
The original version of the script, written by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, had all of the original Ghostbusters set to appear in cameo roles. With the passing of Harold Ramis and the uncertainty of Bill Murray's involvement, it isn't known if the original Ghostbusters will still be appearing in the reboot. Etan Cohen (Men in Black 3, Tropic Thunder) most recently worked on the script with Ivan Reitman.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller are coming off the blockbuster animated movie The Lego Movie, which has earned nearly $380 million worldwide since its release in February. Their other directorial credits include Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street and this summer's sequel 22 Jump Street.