Just days after Ivan Reitman dropped out of directing Ghostbusters last month, we reported that The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were being sought to replace him. Today, The Wrap's Jeff Sneider reveals that the filmmakers have passed on the project, although there is the possibility that they could return, since they initially turned down The Lego Movie job before eventually signing on.
Hearing LORD & MILLER ended up walking away from GHOSTBUSTERS 3 job. They were the studio's choice but wanted to keep their options open...— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) April 7, 2014
@mjsamps They could very well return to GHOSTBUSTERS, I'm just told the studio is meeting with other directors now in case they don't...— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) April 7, 2014
Our initial report from last month revealed that the death of franchise star and co-writer Harold Ramis is one of the reasons that Ivan Reitman stepped aside as the director, although he will still be involved as a producer, helping Sony to find a new filmmaker. Production is scheduled to begin in New York early next year. Original Ghostbusters stars Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver and Ernie Hudson are expected to return, although Bill Murray will likely not be coming back.
Etan Cohen most recently worked on the screenplay, with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky providing the original draft. The latest version of the script would have featured all the original Ghostbusters appearing in cameo roles, although, after the death of Harold Ramis and the uncertainty of Bill Murray's involvement, it's possible the script could get yet another rewrite.