While we recently reported that Bill Murray confirmed some rumored story details for the forthcoming Ghostbusters 3 film, it seems the real story could be going on behind-the-scenes. Vulture is reporting that Sony wants a younger director to take the helm of Ghostbusters 3, but it seems that director Ivan Reitman still has creative control over the series, including director approval.
Reitman's original deal, brokered by the then-powerful agent Michael Ovitz, gave Reitman an incredible amount of creative control over the entire franchise, and it was said that even the three principal actors - Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis - have to unanimously approve on the project or they can kill it instantly.
It was said that the story revolves around the original Ghostbusters teaching a much younger crop of Ghostbusters the tricks of the trade, and the original cast members would all still be involved. However, the studio wants a much younger director, to bring a younger feel to the film, much like Sony is doing with Marc Webb and the Spider-Man reboot.
Apparently Reitman still wants to direct Ghostbusters 3 and it seems the studio was hoping Reitman would leave the project to direct another film entitled Friends With Benefits, which stars Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman, and centers on a man and woman who only have a physical relationship and then start to develop romantic feelings towards one another. However, it seems that Reitman wants to direct both projects.
We'll be sure to keep you posted on any and all Ghostbusters 3 news as soon as we have more information.